updated 10/17/2006 6:53:25 PM ET 2006-10-17T22:53:25

The operator of a Russian Web site is on a media offensive today denying accusations that it illegally sells downloads of music by major artists.

In an online exchange with reporters, representatives from the Moscow-based Media-services — which owns the All-of-M-P-3-dot-com Web site, asserted that it is running a legitimate business and denied claims by record companies that it violates copyright law.

The site typically charges under a dollar for an entire album and just cents per track.

Media-services maintains that it pays taxes in Russia and that 15 percent of every sale is sent as royalties to the Russian licensing body it claims is responsible for compensating copyright owners.

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