Music Pubs Join Lawsuit Against Google And YouTube
August 7, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
Music publishers yesterday joined the growing list of companies gearing up to do battle with GOOGLE and YOUTUBE over copyright infringement, reports THE NEW YORK POST. THE NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS' ASSOCIATION, the largest music-publishing association in the U.S. with over 600 members, jumped onto a class-action lawsuit originally filed in MAY in MANHATTAN federal court by ENGLISH soccer's THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE LTD.
The complaint alleges that YOUTUBE, with "the knowing encouragement and complicity of" parent GOOGLE, facilitated massive infringements of music videos, concert footage and more. The growing class-action lawsuit comes as YOUTUBE is facing a similar $1 billion suit from VIACOM, parent of MTV, NICKELODEON and COMEDY CENTRAL.
The decision by music publishers to sue GOOGLE and YOUTUBE rather than negotiate a licensing deal for viral video distribution rights marks a stark contrast to the major record labels.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, SONY BMG, WARNER MUSIC GROUP and EMI have all entered into licensing deals with YOUTUBE in exchange for participation in YOUTUBE's revenues, and, reportedly for some, a small equity stake in YOUTUBE.