MOSCOW, December 15 - RAPSI. The court has awarded the Russian Author's Society (RAO) $30,000 in its lawsuit against the Spika Concert Agency for infringing its copyrights when the Yellowcard rock band performed in Moscow, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.сom).

The claimant said the U.S. alternative rock group sang 16 songs legally owned by RAO during its Moscow performance at the Tochka club on February 22.

RAO claims its copyrights were violated as a license contract had not been signed and it did not permit the group to perform the songs.

"RAO sought to recover 930,000 rubles ($30,000) in compensation, 12.5 rubles ($393) in state duties and 850 rubles ($25) in legal expenses. The court satisfied the claim in full," the court spokeswoman said.

The defendant is entitled to appeal the judgment.