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BOOTLEG STONES RECORDS SPUR THREAT OF LAWSUITS

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Virgin Records announced Tuesday it is threatening several radio stations across the country with legal action for playing bootleg copies of the upcoming Rolling Stones album "Voodoo Lounge."

A Virgin Records spokeswoman said some radio stations had been playing poor quality, illegally acquired copies of the album, which is set for release July 12.On June 12, the record label sent several radio stations cease-and-desist letters, threatening them with lawsuits if they do not stop playing selections from the Rolling Stones' first new studio album since 1989.

Most of the radio stations stopped playing the bootleg tapes, particularly after the albums' first single, "Love Is Strong," was sent to radio stations June 21, according to Linda Carhart, Virgin Records director of business affairs.

But somewhat of a standoff has arisen between Virgin and the Wichita, Kan.-based rock radio station KRZZ. Program manager Michael Lee said the tape his station has been playing since June 15 is CD-quality and was procured from a Virgin Records employee.