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BizReport : Internet : November 18, 2006

MySpace Sued by Universal Music

The world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group, sued MySpace on Friday, for allowing site users to upload copyrighted songs and videos.

by Helen Leggatt

In the complaint, Universal singles out features on MySpace that enable users to store copyrighted material on their webpages and share it with others on the site.

The legal action was instigated despite MySpace’s recent introduction of audio fingerprinting technology which prevents unauthorized music from landing on the site.

"We didn't try to sue (MySpace) right off the cuff," said a spokesman for Universal (via . "We've been trying to negotiate a deal like the one we have with YouTube. Filing is always a last resort."

MySpace’s response indicates they are optimistic that they aren’t falling foul of copyright laws.

“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.”

With the increasing popularity of sharing digital media it’s becoming increasingly harder for the entertainment industry to protect the work of their artists.

Tags: copyright, MySpace, YouTube

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