MOSCOW, January 19 - RAPSI, Irina Tumilovich. The Russian Authors Society seeks to recover from the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society about $127,000 in royalty debts, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Thursday.
The plaintiff's lawsuit reads that it entered into a license agreement with the philharmonic society in 2002, and granted the defendant a non-exclusive license to publicly perform the music works listed in the society's register.
"The case materials read that the defendant provided the society the list of works it performed in September-December 2010, but calculated the royalties due to their length as opposed to the rates set forth by a government resolution," the court said.
According to the plaintiff, as the philharmonic society calculated the royalties randomly, it wants the defendant to pay an additional 2.6 million rubles ($82,557). However, the defendant has refused to do so, as it believes the method for calculating the royalties is still being developed and has not yet been certified.
"The plaintiff believes that, before the methods are approved, payments must be made according to the old formula. It has asked the court to recover the debts, as well as penalties of over 1.2 million rubles ($38,103)," the court said.