MOSCOW, February 16 - RAPSI. A court of appeals upheld a concert agency's appeal against the court decision to award the Russian Authors' Society (RAO) royalties for Elton Johns performance in Moscow, agency's lawyer Anatoly Semyonov told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/ on Thursday.

The Melnitsa concert agency requested the court to declare its contract with RAO null and void because the parties failed to agree on the list of songs for which an interim license was requested.

Melnitsa also said it had withdrawn its other claim to RAO regarding conclusion of royalties contract on the plaintiffs terms.

Elton John performed in Moscow's Crocus City Hall in December 2010. As it turned out later John only performed his own songs, to which he holds the copyright. Meanwhile the contract was concluded just in case he performs songs by other authors.