French composer Didier Marouani accused Russian singer Philip Kirkorov and composer Oleg Popkov of copyright infringement. The Frenchman estimated the damage at 272 million rubles (4.2 million dollars).
Sony Music Entertainment and First Music Publishers, as well as Philip Kirkorov Production and the RONEe’S group of companies, also became defendants.
The plaintiff notes that in the song of Kirkorov “Cruel Love” there are significant borrowings from the composition of Marouani Symphonic Space Dream, released in 2002.
According to Kirkorov, the song of the composer Oleg Popkov “Cruel Love” was created and recorded in 1996-2000.
The requirements of Marouani stated that the amount of compensation for each fact of illegal use of the musical work “Cruel Love” should be 5 million rubles, and 1 million rubles for each of the concerts of Kirkorov, where this song sounded.
In addition, Marouani intends to file a claim for the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation against lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky, representing the interests of Kirkorov in 2016.
In 2016, Marouani also initiated a lawsuit against Kirokorov, but the application was not accepted due to a violation of the rules of jurisdiction. The lawyer Mr. Dobrovinsky called the French musician as an extortionist.