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EMI sues sites over user-uploaded videos

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Jul 2008 23:47 User comments (11)

EMI sues sites over user-uploaded videos The Big 4 record label EMI has sued 12 video sites including the social-networking site Hi5 and the video advertising start-up VideoEgg, claiming copyright infringement on hundreds of EMI's music videos.
The label wants $150,000 USD for each song infringed as well as lawyer fees. EMI also wants all the sites shut down for good.

"Defendant VideoEgg purports to offer technology and services that allow users, through websites operated by VideoEgg's 'partners' to upload digital videos to VideoEgg servers, view those videos, and then distribute them virally and for free over the Internet...Among the videos copied, publically performed, and distributed by VideoEgg, Hi5, and/or their users are videos containing Plaintiffs's sound recordings and musical compositions," reads the complaint.

The lawsuit did not add much about the 10 other sites.

Sources have said that Hi5 and EMI have been trying to work out a content deal for over a year but efforts have fallen through.

"We are disappointed that EMI is pursuing legal action when the law provided clear means to address their concerns,"
VideoEgg said in a statement. "We have always complied with the copyright laws and are entitled to safe harbor under the DMCA from any claims brought by EMI." VideoEgg also says it never once received a takedown notice from EMI and would have taken down the videos had they received one.

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11 user comments

14.7.2008 0:00

This is starting to sound like an all out assult by the media companies on everything on the internet. I say add some commentary to your vid's or comment on them as an online independent critic, ta da you just stepped around their claims of infringement by free speach means. Nah that wouldn't work there is no such thing as fair use or free speech anymore is there?!

24.7.2008 6:05
nobrainer
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Originally posted by Blackjax:
This is starting to sound like an all out assult by the media companies on everything on the internet. I say add some commentary to your vid's or comment on them as an online independent critic, ta da you just stepped around their claims of infringement by free speach means. Nah that wouldn't work there is no such thing as fair use or free speech anymore is there?!
fair use is for the usa only, and then its not a right only a flimsy set of guide lines.

The Pirate's Dilemma Video

Fair Use Video

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34.7.2008 6:10

F**king greedy media corporations want to spoon-feed consumers while we bend over and take it up the a** from them.

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44.7.2008 13:35

Methinks some of these companies are just looking for any reason to sue someone. Any reason.

54.7.2008 14:38

OMG...is there an end in sight? Or are we going to have digital transmitters/receivers attached to our eyeballs with bar codes that have our credit card number digitally signed into it? And whenever we happen to glance at a movie playing that's not registered with our eyeballs, our credit card gets automatically charged. This would make a great sci-fi movie.

64.7.2008 15:15

what the F**k is wrong in the world today... greed, maximizing the profit at any cause... fu*k EMI and all other greedy ones like it!!

75.7.2008 13:28
corn
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Quite sad companies are this money-hugry. They didn't even send the webmaster a takedown notice, WTF? Don't the video companies have a notice that says "Please do not upload copyright material- it will be deleted". Shouldn't EMI go after the uploaders, the people who actually did something wrong?

85.7.2008 14:13

Making sense and taking money don't always coincide.

95.7.2008 14:38
nobrainer
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Originally posted by emugamer:
OMG...is there an end in sight? Or are we going to have digital transmitters/receivers attached to our eyeballs with bar codes that have our credit card number digitally signed into it? And whenever we happen to glance at a movie playing that's not registered with our eyeballs, our credit card gets automatically charged. This would make a great sci-fi movie.
well have you heard of the Vchip?

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Pursuant to the Commission’s rules, half of all new television models 13 inches or larger manufactured after July 1, 1999, and all sets 13 inches or larger manufactured after January 1, 2000 must have V-Chip technology. Set top boxes that allow consumers to use V-Chip technology on their existing sets are now available.

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105.7.2008 16:51

We have done it to ourselves, when suing someone is easier and cheaper than going out to dinner. In the States, we need a law as in the UK, where "loser pays for everything".
We also need a law whereas if a lawsuit was done without merit, the defendant automatically gets 100 x the amount the plaintiff asks, and without lawsuit insurance (in case the plaintiff gets nailed for meritless suits), a case cannot go to trial.

Just resonable steps IMHO

115.7.2008 17:37
varnull
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Complimentary "E.m.i. Unlimited Edition" Ringtone
(J. Rotten, P. Cook, S. Jones, G. Matlock)

There's unlimited supply
and there is no reason why
I tell you it was all a frame
they onl1y did it 'cos of fame -
Who? EMI

Too many people had the suss
Too many people support us
An unlimited amount
too many outlets in and out -
Who? EMI


And sir and friends are crucified
a day they wished that we had died
We are an addition
we are ruled by-none
Never ever never

And you thought that we were faking
that we were all just money making
you do not believe we're for real
or you would lose your cheap appeal?


Don't judge a book just by the cover
Unless you cover just another
And blind acceptance is a sign
of stupid fools who stand in line like EMI


Unlimited edition
with an unlimited supply
That was the only reason
we all had to say goodbye

Unlimited supply
EMI there is no reason why
EMI I tell you if was all a frame
EMI they only did it 'cos of fame
EMI I do not need the pressure
EMI I can't stand the useless fools
EMI unlimited supply
EMI Hallo EMl goodbye A & M


get your "supposedly" free ringtone.. http://www.metrolyrics.com/emi-unlimited...ex-pistols.html

Remember them EMI?? They were the guys who stood for freedom to choose and wore swastikas and safety pins. My generation.. free thinkers not sheeple. And even they sold out to the a$$hats listed in my sig.. another example of the enemies of free thinkers everywhere.

And I bet in the eyes of the BPI posting those lyrics is copyright infringement too!! You might actually remember the song and play it in your mind without paying for it!!!!!!


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