Aimee Mann Files Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties
July 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM (PT)
According to multiple sources, including THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, recording artist AIMEE MANN has filed a lawsuit against digital rights clearinghouse MEDIANET.
In the filing, MANN states that she had a contract with MEDIANET starting in 2003 for the use of 120 of her tracks. That agreement stays in effect until one of the parties terminates it, which MANN says she did in 2007. Her lawsuit contends that the company continued to stream her works and she may have royalties due to the tune of $18 million.
MANN's lawyer, MARYANN MARZANO, told THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, "Not only does this case seek redress for AIMEE MANN against one of the world's largest but least known providers of online music, it also serves as a call to other artists to follow the lead set by RADIOHEAD and PINK FLOYD to put an end to the unlicensed, uncompensated use of their music by online services."
MEDIANET was founded in 1999 as a venture backed by EMI, AOL, BMG and REALNETWORKS before being sold to a private equity firm in 2005. It ”manages” more than 22 million songs to over 40 music services including YAHOO MUSIC, PLAYLIST.COM and radio services such as SONGZA and RADIO 360.
While services such as PANDORA and SPOTIFY have reached licensing agreements with the labels and worked with the COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD, MEDIANET has reportedly not. A lawsuit from last year claimed that 23 percent of MEDIANET's catalog is unlicensed.