Universal Music Sues MySpace For Copyright Violations

Published: 2006-11-20
Music licensing and copyright has been in the news a lot lately, enough for the average person to understand how hard it must be for companies to obtain licensing and for music lovers to show what music they love so much even without the intent of illegal activity. Will these incidents totally stifle the music industries digital growth by turning off prospective fans and liscensees? Today Universal Music Group sued MySpace over copyright violations for allowing their artists music to be up on various members' profiles.

Universal Music Group, owned by French media group Vivendi, said in a statement, "Our goal is not to inhibit the creation of these communities, but to ensure that our rights and those of our artists are recognized." According to AP, MySpace issued a counter statement that said, "we have been keeping UMG closely apprised of our industry-leading efforts to protect creators' rights, and it's unfortunate they decided to file this unnecessary and meritless litigation. We provide users with tools to share their own work -- we do not induce, encourage, or condone copyright violation in any way."

MySpace has said to ensure people stick to the plan of only uploading their own work to their profiles, they have implemented Gracenote's MusicID audio fingerprinting technology and Global Media Database. MySpace will review all music audio recordings uploaded by community members to their profiles. The technology enables MySpace to identify copyrighted music audio recordings in the Global Media Database for designated rights holders, allowing MySpace to block the uploading of such works.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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