Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, lawsuit, mp3s, riaa

Companies:
project playlist, riaa



RIAA Now Decides That Not Enough People Have Heard Of Project Playlist

from the reverse-attention-whores dept

There they go again. The RIAA and MPAA keep picking totally random, mostly unknown, startups and suing them -- giving them all sorts of free publicity. They did it years ago with Napster and more recently with The Pirate Bay. And yet... they keep doing it. In the latest example, the RIAA is suing a company called Project Playlist, which offers apps for MySpace and Facebook that let you play music found elsewhere online. There are a bunch of similar offerings out there (some of which I think are even more well known). If this case goes forward, it could be quite interesting, as again it's hard to see how Project Playlist is the liable party. It just lets users point its player to mp3 files that are found on other sites. Those files may be infringing, but Project Playlist is just the player. It would be like suing Sony for making a Walkman on the assumption that most tapes used in Walkmen include infringing copies of songs.

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    Dave, 29 Apr 2008 @ 5:45am

    This isn't new

    There was a huge effort to block VCRs when they came out as they were going to be used to bootleg TV and Movies.

    And look at that market now. Nobody buys movies anymore. they just line up for hours outside theatres or wait for them to come on TV. Maybe if they had made movies for some kind of "direct to video" sales instead of just having to use them to watch things you were out of the house for.

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