EMI Labels Sue Online Music Executive Robertson
November 12, 2007 at 5:42 AM (PT)
EMI GROUP companies sued online music industry executive MICHAEL ROBERTSON for copyright infringement on FRIDAY, some seven years after his former company paid recording firms more than $100 million to settle a similar case.
Several EMI-owned labels and publishers sued ROBERTSON and MP3TUNES LLC, which runs WWW.SIDELOAD.COM and WWW.MP3TUNES.COM, for willful infringement of copyright over the Internet, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in MANHATTAN. ROBERTSON said in a phone interview with REUTERS that he had not seen the lawsuit but the case appeared to be "retaliatory" as mp3TUNES had sued EMI in SAN DIEGO in SEPTEMBER over a take-down notice the record company sent for SIDELOAD.COM, a search engine for digital music files.
ROBERTSON is chief executive of mp3TUNES and was the founder of MP3.COM, which was sued in 2000 by several major recording companies, including some of the plaintiffs in this case, according to the complaint. MP3.COM was later bought by UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP for $385 million. UNIVERSAL at the time was the only record company of the five major labels that had sued it to refuse to settle its copyright infringement suit with MP3.COM.