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17 December 2003
Pirates took Lene Marlin music
Source : VG
Lene Marlin was a victim of international pirates when her latest album, 'Another Day', was put out on the internet for illegal downloading in a larger extent on one of the servers of the IT company ErgoGroup.

This is the conclusion of EcoCrime, who have been investigating the case since mid September, after the case was reported by both EMI Recorded Music, Lene Marlin's record company, and ErgoGroup, which is a daugther company of the Post Office.

- The trace leads abroad. We have therefore made a request to police authorities in another country to investigate the case further, chief public prosecutor Inger Marie Sunde of the police data crime centre informs, which belongs within EcoCrime.

- Which country are we talking about?

- I can't reveal that due to the concerns of the further investigation, but I can reveal that we're talking about a European country, Sunde answers.

Threatened ErgoGroup

EMI-director Per Eirik Johansen does not wish to comment the case while it's under investigation.

- I have to first talk to our lawyers, says Johansen, who originally went out quite firmly, and threatened ErgoGroup with a million figure lawsuit if it was to be proven that the IT company was involved.

According to chief public prosecutor Sunde, it doesn't seem like ErgoGroup have had any direct dealings with the case, but that actors abroad have rented themselves space on one of the company's servers.

- The file with the album of Marlin was found on a net adress that we're renting out as a web hotel, but it's the renters who are responsible for the content, according to Norwegian law, information manager Wibecke Brusdal of ErgoGroup explains.

- We immediately closed down the server to confine the extent of the damage, and secure the evidence for the police, Brusdal assures.

- EcoCrime considers the case as a large violation of the copyright law in Norway. Not least because the album of Marlin was made available long before the sales and the marketing started, Sunde explains.

- Since the trails in the case are leading abroad, we are dependent on police authorities in other countries being willing to pursuit the case.

Translation by Tef Johs


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