Capitol Records Sues ReDigi, Claiming Copyright Infringement
January 10, 2012 at 3:52 AM (PT)
There are several copyright infringement lawsuits involving the music industry happening. YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 1/9), EMI joined UMG, SONY and WMG in a lawsuit against GROOVESHARK. Now, reports THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, "CAPITOL RECORDS has filed a copyright infringement suit against digital music resale company REDIGI. The suit, filed late FRIDAY in NEW YORK federal court, claims that CAMBRIDGE, MA-based REDIGI -- established in OCTOBER as a marketplace for 'used' digital music files -- is nothing more than 'a clearinghouse for copyright infringement and a business model built on widespread, unauthorized copying of sound recordings.'"
The RIAA had sent a cease-and-desist letter to REDIGI in early NOVEMBER.
On its website, REDIGI describes its service as "the world's [sic] first real LEGAL ALTERNATIVE: to expensive online music retailers and to illegal file sharing for music lovers who want to own their music. Is REDIGI Legal? YES it is!"
"CAPITOL's complaint depicts the company as the disseminator (sic) of multiple illegal copies of music files, and disputes REDIGI's right to resell them under the so-called 'first-sale doctrine' that protects the redistribution of physical albums and other legally purchased copyrighted material," notes THE TRIBUNE.