Romanian Rock Band Legal Case Could Set Important Precedent
The Romanian rock band Vama has recently lost the legal battle against another rock band Trupa Veche over copyright infringement involving the songs composed during the existence of their common former band Vama Veche. This is the first time a Romanian court has ruled on an issue involving a copyright infringement between two rock bands. It is expected that this case will form an important precedent in Romania’s copyright practice.
The lawsuit began in December 2006, when three members of Trupa Veche sued Vama for performing their former band’s songs on tour without their approval.
On March 11, 2010, the Romanian Supreme Court ruled against Vama for breaching the copyright law, ordered them to pay EUR 15,000 (USD 20,674) in damages and legal costs, and forbid them to perform the Vama Veche songs without the authors’ consent.
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