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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    jeffj (profile), 29 Apr 2008 @ 4:02pm

    ".they really don't have a clue do they? They might as well sue companies that make blank media for the same stupid logic eh?"

    Actually, they DO have a clue, because most of the time these companies settle and the site goes poof. Even though this site is totally legal, it is not long for this world. Remember I said that.

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