Warner Goes for Music clips IMEEM KO
found at gigaom.com Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Warner Music sued media-sharing site IMEEM Tuesday for infringing the copyright of its artists, building a base of 16 million users by capitalizing on the “illegal use of ‘free music,’” according to Reuters. The label is asking for up to $150,000 in damages for each instance of infringement, the maximum allowed under copyright law.
IMEEM allows members to upload their MP3 collections and stream them to other users. Other companies such as Streampad, Project Playlist, and MediaMaster have followed on this model, apparently hoping it was a loophole in the law.
We were holding this story after getting tipped off to it this afternoon, waiting for replies from IMEEM or its investors at Morganthaler Ventures. Now that it has broken we update this piece if any of them get back to us.
Warner Music sues social network site for piracy
By Yinka Adegoke Tue May 15, 2007 found a reuters.com
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp. sued Imeem Inc., a music-based social networking Web site, on Tuesday for infringing the copyright of its artists including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
In a suit filed at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Warner accused Imeem of building a base of 16 million users by capitalizing on the "illegal use of 'free music.'"
Imeem users can create profiles and connect with each other by uploading MP3 files to create playlists, which they share.
During the upload process, Imeem issues a warning to users not to upload media that they do not own as that can violate artists' copyrights and is against the law.
But Warner's suit said: "Imeem is no innocent infringer. It invites Imeem's millions of users to flock to its website to copy, adapt, distribute and perform unlicensed sound recordings and music videos."
Imeem could not be reached for comment.
Warner, the world's fourth-largest music company, is claiming damages up to $150,000 for each copyrighted work infringed on the site. As part of its evidence, the Warner complaint includes an exhibit that shows thousands of "play counts" for its artists' works on Imeem's site.
Imeem, based in Palo Alto, California, is backed by Morgenthaler Ventures and Sequoia Capital, which also backed YouTube before it was bought by Google for $1.65 billion.
Warner Music was the first of the four major record companies to reach an agreement to license its music to YouTube last year, after Universal Music hinted at legal action against the online video sharing site for copyright infringement.
As part of the licensing agreements with YouTube, the major music companies each took a small stake in YouTube before it was bought by Google, sources close to discussions between the music companies and YouTube have said.
Universal Music, the largest music company, sued MySpace last November for infringement of its music on the No. 1 social networking site.
MySpace has started testing a new copyright protection technology to prevent users reposting media to its site, according to media reports earlier this month
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http://www.g2p.org/ and then there is always http://radioblogclub.com/ (but I think that they’re hosted overseas in Europe…). The argument could be made that these companies are making money off of it even if they aren’t hosting them. But then again, so is Google, right? All of these sites have Google AdSense plastered all over them. Could be interesting.on May 15th, 2007 - Project Playlist doesn’t work under the same model though — it uses MP3s that have been archived by search engines (i.e. Google) that are privately hosted. I think that they’re running the safest operation of the services that you’ve mentioned. The music companies would have to individually sue each private webhost that has publicly searchable MP3s. And shutting down Project Playlist wouldn’t be too much different than trying to shutdown Google… Another service that does the same thing is
Honestly though — the IMEEM thing isn’t too much different from Pandora. If they had done some type of licensing, they would have been saved maybe?
on May 15th, 2007 Yes, sites that crawl, index and link to playable search results will set a new precedent and establish new game/sea changing rules. Let the consumer decide how to consume - any that oppose this will find themselves in a new dark age. History is simply repeating itself as those that oppose advances in technology, and its effects, will find themselves dominated by it, quickly becoming relics of the past aka dust. The Link rules.
on May 15th, 2007 Isn’t this just a new way to get a deal done with the labels?
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