Universal Sues Bertelsmann Over Napster

from the sue-anyone dept

When famed songwriters Lieber and Stoller sued Bertelsmann for investing in Napster, you could almost hear the collective forehead slapping of music industry execs (outside of Bertelsmann, of course) wondering why they hadn’t thought of such a plan. It certainly didn’t them long to jump on the bandwagon, though. Today, Universal Music announced that they, too, are suing Berteslmann for investing in Napster. Of course, I still think they’re going to have a hard time proving their case – since it’s pretty difficult to explain how the investor in a company is liable for any illegal activity of the company, itself. Of course, I imagine, they’re going to use material from the new book about Napster to suggest that Bertelsmann played a bigger role in Napster’s life than a hands-off investor.


Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Loading...