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France Charges Virgin with Music Piracy

A French court has found Virgin guilty of selling a song online without permission of the copyright holder. According to the International Herald Tribune, the music reseller downloaded Madonna's Hung Up from the France Télécom Web site, broke the copy protection, and then started selling the song on the virginmega.fr Web site.

At the time, Warner Music had granted France Télécom exclusive rights to sell the song online.

Hervé Payan, senior vice president for content partnership and service at France Télécom, said "This is an amazing case of simple piracy by a respected company."

Virgin claims it was acting in the interest of consumers. Laurent Fiscal, a director of Virgin's online store stated "We have always been ahead of the others posing questions that look to the interests of consumers. We are precursors in the question of exclusive sales and think a debate should take place between sales platforms and producers."

Warner sold the one-week exclusive rights to sell Madonna's song to France Télécom for €500,000 (about US$628,500). Virgin was fined €600,00 (about $754,200).

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