On December 14, 2020, the Moscow City Court satisfied the claim of S.B.A. Music Publishing (part of Warner Music Russia) to Google LLC about the blocking of the “Music Downloader – Free MP3 Downloader” application for distributing illegal copies of three songs of the Russian band Cream Soda.
This is the first decision in Russia to block a pirated application under a law that came into force in October 2020.
According to the law on blocking applications, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), after a request from the copyright holder and a court decision, sends the owner of an application store, for example, the App Store, Google Play or Huawei AppGallery, a notification of copyright infringement in a particular application.
The store owner must then notify the app owner to restrict access to pirated content. If the owner of the application does not do this within 24 hours, then the store will block it, or the request for blocking comes to telecom operators.
Previously, lawsuits were filed against resource owners and hosters, now a new type of defendant has appeared – the owner of the application store.
On the very first day of the law’s entry into force, three major labels at once – Sony Music Entertainment, S.B.A. Music Publishing, and Universal Music have sued for interim measures against mobile apps with illegally posted songs. Claims were made to Apple, as the songs were posted on the App Store’s Music Offline Music Download, PewPee, and iMus Music Player applications.
A lawsuit by S.B.A. Music Publishing was filed with Google at a later date but ended up being reviewed the fastest.