EMI Loses Case Against MP3Tunes' Michael Robertson
October 2, 2008 at 5:20 AM (PT)
NEW YORK District Judge WILLIAM H. PAULEY III has ordered the copyright infringement lawsuit against MICHAEL ROBERTSON dismissed and the case against MP3TUNES and its personal music lockers to proceed in his NEW YORK court.
MARKETWATCH.COM reports that in NOVEMBER 2007, 14 record labels and publishers affiliated with major record label EMI filed a lawsuit against MP3TUNES and MICHAEL ROBERTSON alleging copyright infringement. The complaint focused on MP3TUNES' Internet locker service where individual music libraries can be stored and accessed.
"Suing CEOs personally is a nasty tactic media companies are engaging in to intimidate individuals, forcing them to either enter into a settlement or face the possibility of losing their homes, cars and all their personal belongings," said MP3TUNES CEO MICHAEL ROBERTSON. "I chose to fight instead of run, because I believe consumers should be able to listen to their music everywhere. We look forward to explaining to the court what we do, and how we do it in a responsible and legal manner."
MP3TUNES claims 150,000 customers with personal music accounts known as lockers. All music stored in these password protected accounts is available on their PCs, game consoles, DVRs, Internet radios and mobile phones for listening.