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One more time: Group of artists sue MP3.com

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 10 Oct 2002 2:38 User comments (3)

One more time: Group of artists sue MP3.com MP3.com, one of the services that launched the digital music revolution in 1990s, is back in the headlines, once again. And the reason is the same as always -- company has been sued over copyright infringements.
Lawsuit was filed at Manhattan federal court by three artists, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and James Taylor, who all work under Sony's record labels. The suit goes back in time to 1999 and early 2000, when MP3.com operated a controversial My.MP3.com service that allowed users to store their CDs to MP3.com's servers. The major problem came when MP3.com didn't require users to actually upload the albums to their servers, but instead just verified that users actually owned the CD and then MP3.com simply copied the files to users' personal "folders" from MP3.com's fileservers. This, however legal it sounds, raised a major lawsuit from major record labels and eventually ended up costing $175M to the company which was later on bought by one of the major record labels, French Vivendi Universal.

Details of the new lawsuit are still blurry and it is not clear on what basis artists are now sueing MP3.com's practices back in My.MP3.com era, since one would think that they were already represented in the original lawsuit, filed by Sony, their record label. But this is the case anyway, so we'll see what happens. As usual, all artists are claiming damages upto $150,000 per song that MP3.com used in the My.MP3.com service.

Source: NetImperative

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3 user comments

110.10.2002 2:54

It looks like these artists are once again using the Law (and its defects) to make some quick cash. I would prefer to see artists put some time in making good music, perform concerts, etc. They will make money this way as well as give the customers what they want. But instead, they prefer the RIAA method that does no good what so ever for the public. :-(

210.10.2002 10:08

Funny thing is... They're not making such cash! They won't win, will they? I mean, for every site they sue, dozens of improved ones will follow. That is, they're wasting money in so many stupid trials while people keeps on dowloading. Wouldn't it be better to decrease the prices of their records to anything that sounds somewhat reasonable? That's the best anti-piracy issue I can figure out so far. They release their music, we pay for it, everybody is happy. But, hey, it's their business, I'm just a bored customer. Btw, this mp3.com stuff happened in the US, the same place in which a woman got over 28,000 *MILLION* USD from Philip Morris last week. It's weirdland we're talking about, my friends.

318.11.2003 16:34

i think their wasting their time on these law suits. sure the people they sue might stop downloading music, but ther are millions more still downloading on each network.


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