Singer Kirkorov Moves to Disprove Bulgarian Copyright Infringement ClaimsCrime | February 28, 2012, Tuesday // 15:44| views
Russian singer Filip Kirkorov smiles after attending the fashion show of GULI - the fashion brand of Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Uzbek President Islam Karimov, at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia Fall-Winter 2011/12, in Moscow, Russ
The lawyers of Bulgarian-born Russian singer and producer Philipp Kirkorov have allegedly discovered documents proving that he had the right to perform four songs written by Bulgarian composers.
The composers in question - Alexander Saveliev, Dimitar Penev, Ivan Peev, and Nayden Andreev – recently claimed copyright damages from Kirkorov, who did not pay royalties for their songs.
The Bulgarian composers claim that Bulgarian pop songs have been performed, reproduced, distributed, and broadcast online and in the music stores in Bulgaria, Russia, and the EU by Philipp Kirkorov without the consent of their authors as required under Bulgaria's Copyright Act.
"Philipp's lawyers found contracts in the archives that confirm his rights to perform these composer's songs," Kirkorov's spokesperson Olga Alexeyeva has told Itar-Tass, as cited by the Bulgarian BGNES. She added that the singer is yet to receive a subpoena.
Alexeyeva has pointed out that Kirkorov has not performed the four Bulgarian composers' songs over the last 20 years. She stated that the royalties from CD recordings should be paid Melodiya record company
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