Universal Music Sues MySpace for copyright infringement
Universal Music Group has just filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against MySpace.
Filed at the U.S. District Court Cenbtral District of California Westen Division, the suit alleges that MySpace allows members t illegally upload videos and then re-formatting the videos for playback or unauthorized distribution to third parties.
Talks between the two parties to resolve the issue broke down yesterday, several news organizations report. It's likely that breakdown precipitated today's filings.
Although no specific dollar amounts are specified as remedies, Universal said that links on MySpace to unuthorized distributed works could be valued as much as $150,000 in statutory damages.
Universal believes that thousands of such links exist on MySpace.
For its part, MySpace termed the suit as "meritless litigation" on the grounds that there are adequate procedures on its site for preventing illegal downloads, and removing such download opportunities that might be in place.
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