Sunday, November 19, 2006

Vivendi Sues MySpace

Vivendi's Universal Music Group has sued MySpace, reports

Vivendi sues Murdoch's MySpace News:- Big Four Organized Music member Vivendi Universal is suing Rupert Murdoch's for, you guessed, it, copyright infringement, calling the site a "vast virtual warehouse" of pirated works.

It's already suing Grouper, owned by one of its Big Four colleagues, Sony, as well as Bolt, another video site.

And it's all about the online advertising dollar - your advertising dollar.

Vivendi claims "no intellectual property is safe" from the alleged copyright infringement, even unreleased albums, continues The Los Angeles Times.

Complete article

The caption is UMG Recordings Inc. v. MySpace Inc., 06-07361, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just wondering how Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act might influence this. Currently, as I understand it, hosting services such as YouTube are not legally liable for information posted by third parties.

Now I know this is only intended to apply to defamatory/libelous or otherwise discriminatory material that would be deemed illegal otherwise, but a logical extension would be to say that hosts cannot be held responsible for *any* content provided by third parties.

Of course "logical law" is one of the great oxymorons, right up there with "military intelligence", but you never know.