EMI Lawsuit Against Michael Robertson Dismissed… But Continues Against MP3Tunes
from the the- dept
Remember when a private equity firm took over the major record label EMI, and insisted that things would be different, and it wouldn’t keep filing ridiculous lawsuits and pissing off fans. That’s not exactly what happened. EMI not only sued the service MP3Tunes but it personally sued Michael Robertson, the company’s founder as well, in an attempt to bankrupt him personally. The whole case seems hard to figure out. MP3Tunes simply lets individuals upload their own songs into a music locker, which they can then listen to from a browser. That seems perfectly legitimate under existing copyright law. It’s really no different than, say, putting music you own onto an MP3 player.
The good news is that a judge has thrown out the part of the lawsuit directed personally at Robertson — though the case against MP3Tunes will be allowed to continue. It appears that the suit against Robertson was tossed more for jurisdictional reasons than a recognition that it was a sleazy tactic to sue the founder personally, rather than focus just on the company. Hopefully, when the court hears the actual case, it recognizes that there’s nothing wrong with storing your own music online in a locker — but we’ll have to wait for the full case to run its course.