Veoh Seeks Court Protection From UMG
August 13, 2007 at 5:29 AM (PT)
Online video service VEOH is seeking court protection from any possible copyright-infringement lawsuits from UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP reports REUTERS. VEOH said it has taken legal action to seek a declaration from the U.S. district court in the Southern District of CALIFORNIA that it has not infringed on UNIVERSAL's copyrights.
"UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP is enthusiastic about using technology to build communities, as evidenced by our deal with YOUTUBE," a UMG spokesman said in a statement. "But that's not what VEOH is all about. Rather, it's about trying to build a business on the backs of our artists and songwriters without fairly compensating them for the use of their works."
VEOH's action, which seeks a jury trial, is the latest in a series of high-profile disputes between content owners like UNIVERSAL and online video services like VEOH.
"I still hope to work constructively with UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP," said VEOH CEO STEVE MITGANG. We're not seeking damages."
VEOH, like other Internet services defending against such legal threats, said it removes content viewed as copyright infringement as soon as it is brought to their attention, which protects them under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.