MySpace is sued by Universal Music

Universal Music Group sued MySpace.com on Friday, alleging that the social networking site that bills itself as a source of "user generated" content instead trades on "user stolen" songs and music videos.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, described MySpace as a "vast virtual warehouse" of pirated works from some of the company's best-known artists, including Mariah Carey, Diana Krall and U2. Universal claims that "no intellectual property is safe" from the alleged copyright infringement, even unreleased albums such as Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come."

The dispute pits the world's largest music label against media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp., which acquired MySpace for $580 million in September 2005. Universal has embarked on an aggressive legal campaign against social networking sites since it reached an agreement last month to license its songs and music videos to YouTube Inc., now owned by Google Inc.

Since then, Santa Monica-based Universal has filed federal lawsuits against Grouper Networks Inc. and Bolt Inc. for permitting users to post without authorization hundreds of music videos from popular artists.

Universal, a unit of France's Vivendi, is seeking damages of $150,000 for each unauthorized music video or song posted on MySpace, alleged that MySpace not only is aware of the infringement but also makes money selling advertising to the millions of users attracted by the lure of free access to copyrighted works.

News source: Los Angeles Times

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Good. I like neither of the two companies, but if people are dumb enough to put unreleased music on there, than something needs to be done about it. The 150k demand is just to scare them, it will result in a settlement and a new content system.

C_Guy your wrong, MySpace is a place for friends. Unfortunately most make friends with people they will never actually meet or talk to in real life, and think celebrities actually care about them.

They happen to be sueing Rupert Murdoch, who happens to one of the most powerful men in the world. I doubt there's much chance of them winning.

MySpace is just a digital wasteland for child predators and rapitsts so I'm glad to see anyone charging MySpace for damages, even if unrelated.

Quote - C_Guy said @ #14
MySpace is just a digital wasteland for child predators and rapitsts so I'm glad to see anyone charging MySpace for damages, even if unrelated.

oops, someone still suckles the media and paranoia teet :redface:

This should be an interesting fight.
-plays the Rocky theme song-

HAHAHA Universal must be trying to be the biggest *******s in the music industry before year end. I think Sony had the crown up until the recent statement by their CEO calling all people with MP3 players pirates, then charging MS $1 for every Zune sold, and now this. Awesome. Rootkits were bad, but insulting your customers and then suing their social network just takes the cake.

I actually agree with what they're doing for once. It's not like they're suing some granny whose kids may have downloaded a few songs; they're going after a company which is (un)intentionally facilitating massive copyright infringement.

Quote - Wolfsglen said @ #8.1
Ballmer's butt is probably DRM'd so tight even a fart couldnt escape without paying a license fee.

HAHAHAHHAHAA. PRICELESS you two!

Quote - Wolfsglen said @ #8.1
Ballmer's butt is probably DRM'd so tight even a fart couldnt escape without paying a license fee.

Hehehe, nice.....

seeking damages of $150,000 for each unauthorized music video or song posted on MySpace

Wow, last time I checked songs costed about $0.99, they must have shot up in price lately, sarcasm

I'm glad to see there's a case ongoing thats looking into where they get these stupid high damages from.

Yep, no one buys the rubbish they put out as much anymore, and they have much more competition in their target audience from mobiles, consoles, pc games, etc. but they want to still make the same money they used to.

The way I see this is RIAA, MPAA, record labels etc. are now paying lawyers and others to solely browse the net to see who they can sue next to make up for "lost" profits. Might as well have Microsoft sue Dell because they're selling some units with Linux, "lost" profits. I had downloaded the kids movie Cars for my son but also saw it in the theatre with him and bought the DVD when it came out. Did they lose any money there?

Da**, Universal Music is now getting way out of hand. First, last week, we have the CEO calling all mp3 player owners thieves and forcing MS to pony up a royalty on the hardware. Now this. Just one more company for me to boycott. Good thing I don't really care for most of the music they distribute.

Quote - fergiej said @ #5
Da**, Universal Music is now getting way out of hand. First, last week, we have the CEO calling all mp3 player owners thieves and forcing MS to pony up a royalty on the hardware. Now this. Just one more company for me to boycott. Good thing I don't really care for most of the music they distribute.

I'm sure if that CEO had his way, any product that is involved with MP3's would have a royalty fee attached to it. MP3 players, blank media, CD-DVD burners, heck, why not add burning software as well.

As much as I dispise myspace I think universal are taking the **** when it comes to stupid lawsuits just because someone wants to post a video of themselfs prancing about to britney spears.

The only minor benefit from this would be an end to those whom have lots of songs and videos all on their page n all playing at once, really irritates me

The only reason Im on that damn site is for the bands and guess what, each one of the 100+ I have on there, have posted THEIR OWN songs and videos. Go figure. I guess there's probably a truckload others that aren't but I mean even Fox made a deal with them so they could have Prison Break on there.