by Mike Masnick
Thu, Sep 6th 2007 8:28am
A month ago, we detailed the long history of Universal Music mistakenly suing just about every online video hosting firm (other than Google's YouTube, who gave Universal Music a sweetener to sue everyone else and skip YouTube). The conclusion to that story was that, following a typical "pay up or else" threat from Universal Music, video hosting site Veoh took the initiative and preemptively sued to have a judge claim that what it was doing was perfectly legal. Rather than wait to hear what the judge has to say on the matter, Universal Music simply went right ahead and sued Veoh anyway. Once again, this is a misguided lawsuit against a company that is doing nothing wrong for a service that isn't taking any money away from Universal Music. People sometimes complain that we spend too much time pointing out the mistakes of the recording industry. We'd love to stop it -- but the record label execs seem to have absolutely no recognition for how badly they continue to muck up their own businesses.
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