The Beeb is reporting that Russian Movie copyright holders aren’t fairly being compensated for their their wares on iTunes.

Films available via iTunes include old favourites such as Gentlemen of Fortune, Assa, The Diamond Arm, Kin-dza-dza and Cheburashka.

Despite their age, the films and cartoons are still protected by copyright.

The owners of the copyright on the films, – Russian film studio Mosfilm and the Joint State Film Collection (Obyedinennaya Gosudarstvennaya Kinocollectsia) – have told the BBC they have not given consent for their films to be sold in the app stores.

Apple, for its part said that it took copyright complaints seriously and took action as soon as it received a complaint.

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