MP3Tunes Points Out EMI's Own Actions Contradict Its Lawsuit

from the authorized,-not-authorized dept

EMI's lawsuit against Michael Robertson's MP3Tunes has never made much sense. MP3Tunes isn't distributing any MP3s. It just lets you upload and store your own music, or, if the songs are publicly available elsewhere, to access those tunes. EMI threatened MP3Tunes if it didn't remove all EMI music, and then eventually sued. Yet, in MP3Tunes defense, it's pointing out that EMI, itself, has flooded the internet with its own free MP3s, thereby authorizing others to link to those tunes (exactly what MP3Tunes was doing). So, the argument goes, how is it okay for EMI to authorize the MP3s for everyone to link to except MP3Tunes? Given cases in the past that deal with the legality of deep linking, this seems like it could be a pretty strong argument...
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Filed Under: copyright, music
Companies: emi, mp3tunes


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    Anonymous Poster, 5 Jan 2009 @ 3:20pm

    I wanna see this case go all the way now. MP3Tunes could throw a giant wrench into the plans of the record companies.

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