Nashville Music Publishers Sue Yahoo, Microsoft, RealNetworks
July 2, 2009 at 6:55 AM (PT)
A group of independent music publishers in NASHVILLE have sued MICROSOFT, YAHOO! and REAL NETWORKS for copyright infringement. The lawsuit was filed MONDAY (6/29) in U.S. DISTRICT COURT in TENNESSEE, asking that the songs from their catalogs be removed from the companies' digital music stores.
Those named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit include MUSIC COPYRIGHT SOLUTIONS (MCS), HELLO DARLIN' MUSIC, RHINESTONE COWBOY MUSIC, HAPPY SACK MUSIC and SONGS IN BLACK INK. The plaintiffs are seeking $150,000 for each unauthorized song used. Songs from artists like CONWAY TWITTY, EMMYLOU HARRIS, ARETHA FRANKLIN and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD are among the unauthorized compositions named in the suit.