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Universal Music’s Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against
The Social Networking Website MySpace

UMG Recordings, et al. v. MySpace, Inc.
    November 17, 2006

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   Universal’s Lawyers:
  • Irell & Manella, LLP
  • UMG’s In-House Counsel

    Related Links:
  • RIAA Litigationn
  • Copyright Law Resources
  • Universal Music Group filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against social networking website MySpace, charging that much of MySpace’s content “is the ‘user-stolen’ intellectual property of others, and MySpace is a willing partner in that theft.” The lawsuit alleges that “[n]o intellectual property is safe in the MySpace world of infringement -- not Plaintiffs’ videos, not Plaintiff’ songs, not even songs from [an] unreleased album…” Universal maintains that MySpace “knowingly and intentionally” encourages copyright violation, and that the internet company became “one of the most prominent and valuable websites on the Internet through rampant copyright infringement.”

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