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Music Industry Makes Charge against

By Iceland Review

Samtónn, a joint copyright organization for authors, performers and producers, has sued the representatives of Istorrent ehf., which operates a web store on, for illegally distributing music. The store manager says he has not been notified of any lawsuit.

“We mainly want to stop this operation,” Gunnar Gudmundsson, managing director of Samtónn, told Fréttabladid. “A great number of songwriters are involved, which becomes clear when you look at what the site is offering.”

Through songs by Icelandic musicians like Sprengjuhöllin, Ný dönsk, Sálin hans Jóns míns and Megas can allegedly be downloaded illegally. More than 25,000 people use the website.

“I have never heard of this lawsuit before,” managing director of Istorrent ehf. Svavar Lúthersson told Fréttabladid. He also denies having received a letter from Gudmundsson asking him to remove downloadable songs from the site.

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