A Moscow court threw out prosecutors’ case against the former head of music downloads site allofmp3.com, and rejected the damages claims of a trio of Western music industry giants, a music industry official said Wednesday.

Allofmp3.com, which was closed in late June but reopened later under a similar rubric, has frequently been cited as a barrier to Russia’s entry to the World Trade Organization. Western recording companies argued that Mediaservices, which runs the sites, has never had permission to sell their artists’ works.