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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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2008 @ 8:57am

    i just sent this to the piracy reporting section of the RIAA at www.riaa.com:

    i want to report ALL my friends. i am a BMI songwriter and i resent youre actions as they promote piracy. thans to you, The Pirate Bay is a household word, LimeWire is on every home computer i know, and artists are so unhappy with the way you spend the money you take in they now support downloading.

    spend all this time and money working out a paradigm, or there will not be ANY paradigm.

    so buy a list of musicians here in Nashville and start with that. youll find piracy rampant with those folks. and then there is me--of course i dont traffic in pirated material, but i could be convinced.

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