Play.com settles BPI complaint out of court
- Feb 25, 2004
Following a deal with CD-Wow last month, internet music retailer Play.com has also settled out of court with the British Phonographic Industry. BPI issued legal proceedings against Play.com at the end of last year, claiming the retailer had been illegally sourcing their products from areas outside Europe. As part of the settlement, Play.com has agreed a Court Order stating that it will only sell CDs that have been sourced from Europe. Peter Jamieson, chairman at the BPI, said: "All British-based record companies and all retailers offline or online are adversely affected when product specifically designated for markets outside of Europe flows back into the UK. It is impossible to invest in, develop and market new British talent if we do not protect our legal rights to prevent parallel importing."