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Record labels sued over 300,000 pirated tracks

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Dec 2009 13:28 User comments (33)

Record labels sued over 300,000 pirated tracks The major record labels Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal are on the hook for up to $6 billion USD in damages after being accused of pirating 300,000 tracks.
The report says that the labels continually make compilation CDs without first securing the rights to the music, simply putting it on a "pending list" to deal with later. That "later" has yet to come. So far, since the mid-80's, the pending list has ballooned to over 300,000 tracks.

Says David Basskin, the President and CEO of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd, via Michael Geist: "The record labels have devoted insufficient resources to identifying and paying the owners of musical works on the Pending Lists."

A group of musicians in Canada have now filed a class-action lawsuit against the Big 4, and the CRIA (Canada's RIAA), over illegal use of thousands of tracks.

“The conduct of the defendant record companies is aggravated by their strict and unremitting approach to the enforcement of their copyright interests against consumers,”
says the suit.

Each infringement can bring in $20,000 USD (on average), so multiplied by 300,000 the potential liability is $6 billion for the labels.

We will certainly keep you updated.

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33 user comments

18.12.2009 13:37

HA! What a reversal of forturne!!!

28.12.2009 13:43

...ah mob rule....its ok for them......

38.12.2009 14:39

the record labels will win but how ironic

48.12.2009 15:35

I dunno, up here in Canada if you gotta play by the rules, we ALL gotta play by the same rules, eh.

Keep your stick on the ice.

58.12.2009 17:53

Originally posted by stuntman_:
the record labels will win but how ironic
IF the record labels win, it would sort of nullify everything they've been justifying their actions against file-sharers with.

It's either fail or fail harder.

68.12.2009 17:55

Quote:
Originally posted by stuntman_:
the record labels will win but how ironic
IF the record labels win, it would sort of nullify everything they've been justifying their actions against file-sharers with.

It's either fail or fail harder.
they should be forced to pay 50 grand a song >>

78.12.2009 18:11

Finally, karma has hit these hippocrates right in the kisser. Hope the artists win this case.

88.12.2009 20:15

I really have to agree with mike.m, Karma has certainly hit them BIG. Now we know that the Copyright on Music is BS even more so to begin with sure the Canadian's RIAA is sued but I hope our RIAA will soon follow. THIS IS AWESOME TO HEAR more and more musicians are tired of the Music industries BS.

98.12.2009 20:25

Originally posted by Tristan_2:
I really have to agree with mike.m, Karma has certainly hit them BIG. Now we know that the Copyright on Music is BS even more so to begin with sure the Canadian's RIAA is sued but I hope our RIAA will soon follow. THIS IS AWESOME TO HEAR more and more musicians are tired of the Music industries BS.
Its not karma until it sticks and they have to pay more than 1 billion million out of pocket.

108.12.2009 22:19

Makes me proud to be Canadian. Hope they nail there asses.

118.12.2009 23:07

HAHAHA!!!

It is a wonderfull day, I will mark it on my calender and celebrate it every year! I hope the judge goes with the max fine of $50,000 per track, since they were selling them to the masses....then charges credit-card level interest on all of it, making the $15 billion closer to $30 billion! Oh, and he should file an injunction against them prohibiting them from making or distributing CDs! And any assets gained from the sale of these pirate CDs should go to charity. Maybe they could press criminal charges against the executives as well...

128.12.2009 23:37

Interesting development jajaja

139.12.2009 2:21

"Happy Record Labels Sued Over 300,000 Pirated Tracks Day"

Sounds like a wonderful holiday to celebrate.
♫♪It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas♪♫

149.12.2009 5:37

wow and i tohught ive had a perfect day untill now..only way this day could get better is if my gf would volunteer to give me a BJ

159.12.2009 10:32

I've always said that the labels steal more money from their artists than the combined masses who download music for personal use, now it seems they steal more than professional pirates too. Thats how they can afford to pay off all our! politicians

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Dec 2009 @ 10:33

169.12.2009 10:40
cdxanti
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If they win this case then it will become unbelievably obvious that they have a hold on the judges that preside over the cases. It would also destroy their cases against file sharers. Shows you how they treat their artists.

179.12.2009 11:36

haha YA BURNT

189.12.2009 12:13

I -love- this piece of news. I hope the record labels lose, those hypocrites.

199.12.2009 12:22
scum101
Inactive

What's to "hope" ?? .. they have done more than share.. they have actively stolen and made profit from the crime.. And unlike allegations of sharing for no profit this can all be proven.

There is only one logical outcome.. damages to full amount awarded to owners of the work... anything less causes constitutional problems for every country that has agreed to the copyright laws.

Lets wait and see the outcome.. 6bn or a casual warning.. hmmm.. as governments are accessories in this (they have collected taxes on the sales of these cd's and taxes from the profits of the companies selling them also) I'm interested to see if that part will be mentioned at any point in the proceedings.

209.12.2009 14:41

I love this a little bit of their own medicine :)
You would think that this would be a no brainier for the companies cause its the basics.
The whole industries laws need to change to be fair for all.

219.12.2009 14:45

YES,YES,YES... IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!

2210.12.2009 13:09

They're going to get fined pennies per song... Even though they distributed it to MILLIONS of consumers... I send one song to a friend and it could cost me $20,000? Don't seem right....

2311.12.2009 8:09

Go the CRIA, stick it good to those hypocritical scumbags.

2411.12.2009 12:21
alexeemo
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$20,000 per song is ridiculous. I swear i remember people having to pay something like $100,000 per for illegally downloading music. They should suffer like all the people they've destroyed! They need to pay and pay big for doing the same thing they accused us of. Jerk offs!

2511.12.2009 13:22

Originally posted by engage16:
They're going to get fined pennies per song... Even though they distributed it to MILLIONS of consumers... I send one song to a friend and it could cost me $20,000? Don't seem right....

Yep. And they were making profits by doing that too - commercial piracy??
$ue them idiots; please!

2611.12.2009 13:26

Let's hope this ties up their lawyers for a few years and gets them off our back

2711.12.2009 15:03
WierdName
Inactive

And queue chorus stage right.

2811.12.2009 16:00

Originally posted by whatname:
Let's hope this ties up their lawyers for a few years and gets them off our back

With the three strikes law coming to England and likely to America soon will it really make much difference?? :(

2911.12.2009 23:24

"Yes Angela there is a Santa Claus!" lol Can you imagine what would happen if these record companies were forced to pay this fine? The entire copyright laws EVERYWHERE would have to be changed and quite possibly the DMCA in the US would evaporate! "It appears to be another miracle on 32nd street!" ;o)

3012.12.2009 11:16

I thought it was funny that Warner was in this list because they are one of the studios in litigation with redbox for withholding dvd releases...presumably for profit reasons :)

3114.12.2009 21:50

Originally posted by mike.m:
Finally, karma has hit these hippocrates right in the kisser. Hope the artists win this case.
Am I mistaken or are you referring to the pioneer medicine man in whose name the current ones - who are are certainly hypocrites in my view - or Hypocrites - their behavior pattern?

3215.12.2009 18:51

Right! If File-sharing is Copyright Infringement, and according to "Big Music", Copyright Infringement is a Criminal Offence then the Execs of the "Big Music" companies are living off the Proceeds of Crime. It therefore follows that everything they own has been purchased using the Proceeds of Crime. Given that, at least in the UK such goods and properties are subject to confiscation, if this is the case in other countries, then these Execs should lose all their fancy cars, houses and boats, furthermore as Criminals they should be judged as Unfit Persons to hold such high office in any company! Therefore their jobs should be forfeited.
Show them the same Mercy and Respect that they have shown to others, including Children,the Elderly and yes even the dead!!!!

3315.12.2009 18:55

Question to my American friends: Would a RICO Act charge be appropriate for this? Or is it just used for Mafia cases?

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