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mortalthoughts
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Microsoft, RealNetworks, Yahoo sued by music labels

Microsoft, RealNetworks and Yahoo were sued by music labels that allege the companies made recordings available without getting permission.

By Adam Satariano

Bloomberg News

Microsoft, RealNetworks and Yahoo were sued by music labels that allege the companies made recordings available without getting permission.

The labels seek $150,000 for each copyright infringement and want the songs removed from the companies' digital music stores, according to the 108-page complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Tennessee.

Songs by Aretha Franklin, the Carpenters, Grand Funk Railroad and Emmylou Harris are among those listed in the complaint. The labels allege Yahoo Music Service, RealNetworks' Rhapsody and Microsoft's Zune Music Service didn't get authorization to sell music through the stores.

The labels include MCS Music America, Conexion Media Group, Cram Renraff, Songs In Black Ink, Hello Darlin' Music, Forest Farm Music, From D's Pen, Happy Sack Music, Joe Hill Music, Rhinestone Cowboy Music, Appalsongs and Appalseed Productions, and Seven Centers Publishing, according to the complaint.

Kim Rubey, a spokeswoman for Yahoo, declined to comment, as did Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz and RealNetworks' Bill Hankes.

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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:23 pm
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"the labels"

that's such an amusing title
Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:43 pm
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anyone have any info on how much money the artists are getting out of these types of lawsuits?
just curious
there probably getting screwed out of the deal if i had to guess
Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:47 pm
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Not to say they aren't significant, but I haven't heard of any of those labels.

Rhinestone Cowboy Music?

I'm sure the Elvis estate will enjoy the $20.42 that's leftover after all the cuts are taken out.
Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:21 pm
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That sounds like a stupid move. MS and Yahoo have way more money and legal advisers, they aren't some nobodies from Minnesota. I don't know how well Real is doing these days but I'd imagine they could put up quite a fight too if they wanted to.
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