Russian Yandex musical streaming service is accused of copyright infringement

“Russian Google” Yandex, owning and operating musical streaming service Yandex.Music, has been accused of copyright infringement by Russian company “SO/Era Music” Ltd. Era music seeks 5.5 million roubles for copyright infringement. Era music filed suit.

The dispute concerns two musical projects – 25/17 and “Ice 9”. Era music holds exclusive licence for music of these projects. Negotiations with internet company resulted in nothing. According to representative of Era music, it became aware of fact that Yandex breached terms and conditions of licence agreement concluded with Era. Among others breaches of contract, claimed by Era, is using images of artists by Yandex to promote its streaming service.