UMG Sues Texas Mixtape Manufacturer
September 7, 2007 at 1:47 PM (PT)
Counsel for the UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has filed suit against BCD, a TEXAS mix tape manufacturer and distributor, for copyright infringement. UMG alleges that BCD strips music tracks off UMG artists' albums and uses them in create mixtape compilations. The lawsuit asks for damages of $150,000 for each unauthorized usage, plus attorneys' fees.
"BCD has built a significant business by capitalizing on the proliferation of unauthorized mixtapes," said a UMG statement. "Despite our good-faith attempts to address these concerns with BCD, their use of our artists’ music -- without permission and without any compensation to rights holders -- has required us to file this complaint to protect our rights and those of our artists. By illegally reproducing and distributing the works of such UMG artists as NELLY, LUDACRIS and LLOYD BANKS, BCD has demonstrated a total disregard for the property of others."