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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:48 pm    Post subject: Judge Rules On Cheap CD Site Reply with quote

Online music store CD-Wow has been found in contempt of court for selling illegally imported cheap CDs in the UK.

The High Court in London ruled that the site's owners, Music Trading Online, were "in substantial breach" of a 2004 agreement to stop selling such albums.

Record companies complained that the site broke a deal not to buy cheap CDs in places like Hong Kong and re-sell them in the UK without permission.

CD-Wow said the judgement "spelled disaster for millions of music fans".

The company will be fined in July after an inquiry into how much it owes the record labels who complained of copyright infringement.

'Warning'

With retail sales of 21.7m in the UK in 2005, CD-Wow was the third largest online music retailer in the UK after Amazon and Play.

The company denied deliberately breaking its 2004 court undertaking and put any breach of copyright down to human error. But the High Court rejected their argument.

The music industry trade body, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), said the ruling sent a warning to other companies that imported CDs from outside Europe.

"The BPI will be using this judgment to ensure that no other company unfairly undermines legitimate retailers in the UK that are trading successfully and respecting the law," BPI lawyer Roz Groome said.

'CD woe'

But CD-Wow, which offers albums by acts like Oasis and Robbie Williams for as little as 6.99, condemned Tuesday's judgement as "CD woe".

The company said the albums in question were bought legitimitely from the record companies themselves overseas.

"At a time when the record industry is losing vast revenue to piracy, it seems ludicrous that they can set out to destroy a section of the market that is actually making them money," said founder Henrik Wesslen.

The Hong Kong-based retailer is now calling for a full review of copyright law that it claims "serves to line the pockets of the music industry at the expense of the consumer".

BBC Online
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy a lot of stuff from these sites - CD's, DVD's, Books and I hope this isn't the beginning of the end!

I bouoght ELO - out of the Blue, the 30th anniversary from CD-Wow. There was a fault on the Cd and I must say their customer service is fantastic. I did have to send my CD back to Cyprus though!

I've bought CD's from America basically because it's so much cheaper!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy plenty of CDs and DVDs through CD-WOW.... they're cheap and I get cashback via Quidco afterwards - double savings!

My BG Series 1 and 2 box sets from CD-WOW were 15 each including p&p (Region2/4 so play on UK players) - the cheapest I could find them elsewhere was 24 each. With another couple of quid gained on cashback too, where else was I going to shop?

I buy lots of CDs via Amazon marketplace (new and used) from all over the world - often the American prices are as low as 0.01p and even taking the dearer postage rates into account, they're still cheaper than the likes of HMV, Woolies, etc.
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