Universal Sues Video Sites

Published: 2006-10-19
Though Universal Music has made nice with online video giant YouTube after threatening to sue them earlier this year, it seems they don't' feel the same about other video websites.

Universal Music Group, the largest group of record labels in the world, has announced plans to sue two video websitesóGrouper and Bolt.com for copyright infringement. The two sites have been accused of allowing their users to swap music videos of bands on Universal's massive roster of musicians, which includes artists like Jay-Z, Shania Twain and U2.

Universal is suing for as much as $150, 000 for each incident of copyright infringement. "Grouper and Bolt ... cannot reasonably expect to build their business on the backs of our content and the hard work of our artists and songwriters without permission and without compensating the content creators," a Universal spokesman said according to Reuters.

"There's no question that people upload copyrighted content from time to time and occasionally we receive official notices to remove content and we do," Bolt CEO and co-founder Aaron Cohen told Reuters.

Grouper, who did not comment on the lawsuit, was agreed to be bought by Sony Pictures Entertainment earlier this year.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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