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First off today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have filed a lawsuit against U.S.-based music streaming site TuneIn but have filed the lawsuit in a UK High Court.
TuneIn is a service that organizes and provides links to digital online audio content, including radio stations and podcasts. However, according to Sony and Warner, many of those streams are infringing and they claim to have identified at least 800 unlicensed music streams. However, TuneIn doesn’t host the streams, instead, they merely link to and offer easy access to external sources for the audio.
However, recent rulings in the UK make knowingly indexing and linking to infringing content an infringement, which is likely why the lawsuit was filed in the UK. TuneIn has not responded to the lawsuit but has until the end of November to file its first response.
Next up today, Jane Lytvynenko a Buzzfeed News reports that the popular conspiracy site InfoWars has copied more than 1,000 articles from various news outlets without permission.
The copying involved more than a dozen major media sites including CNN, Breitbart, CBC, BBC, The New York Times and more. However, the most popular source was the site RT, which is a broadcaster backed by the Russian government. According to social media data, more than 1,000 stories were taken from RT alone.
In all cases the copying was attributed in the byline, however, according to RT, InfoWars did not have permission for the copying. RT, nor any of the other sources, indicated whether they were considering legal action. (h/t @mlanger)
Finally today, Richard Smirke at Billboard reports that Spotify, Deezer, SoundCloud and others are joining forces to form the Digital Music Europe (DME) alliance. This group will lobby on music licensing and streaming issues in the EU.
The move comes on the heels of a new draft proposal in the EU that, once formally adopted, would create a single market in the EU for streaming and online entertainment services. This would mean that a user who purchases a Spotify account in Spain would have access to the same content if they traveled to Germany or elsewhere in the bloc.
According to representatives for DME, they are hoping to be able to help shape the new single market push in the EU as well as address licensing and other issues that they are concerned about.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.