The Recording Industry Association of America has accused Spanish music site Puretunes of offering illegal music downloads, and has filed suit against its parent company, Sakfield.
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Puretunes.com debuted in May, hoping to take advantage of the ability of Spanish artist and performance rights' societies to sign deals offering unlimited music downloads.
The site went offline last month, however, amid complaints from users who feared the owners had run off with their subscription fees.
Puretunes representatives could not be located yesterday to comment on the suit.
In its complaint, the RIAA claimed that despite Puretunes' claims, the site's owners had not sought or obtained licences for the music they were selling.
"It's bad enough that Puretunes was selling music illegally - it's even worse that they tried to perpetrate a fraud on the public by claiming that they were a legitimate business," the RIAA said.
The Puretones lawsuit is just the latest in a series of legal actions the music industry has taken against those accused of offering illegal music downloads.
Since suing notorious peer-to-peer file trading company Napster, which was finally forced offline last year, the music industry has targeted the likes of Kazaa, Grokster and Morpheus. The industry is also going after individuals who have downloaded copyright music illegally.
Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service