Ex-MP3tunes chief liable in copyright case

By Reuters The former CE of bankrupt online music storage firm MP3tunes was found liable yesterday for infringing copyrights for sound recordings, compositions and cover art owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI. A federal jury in Manhattan found Michael Robertson, the former MP3tunes CE, and the defunct San Diego-based company liable on various claims they infringed on copyrights associated with artists including The Beatles, Coldplay and David Bowie. The jurors also found MP3tunes was wilfully blind to copyright infringement on its Web site, in what a lawyer for the recording companies suggested before the verdict would be the first ruling by a jury of its kind. The verdict marked a victory for the music industry in its long-running legal battle against online content providers, which it accuses of illegally selling its works without permission, costing revenue and profit. Jurors will now decide how much in damages should be awarded after the verdict and an earlier ruling by the judge finding them liable on certain copyright claims. The damages phase is expected to run two to three days. Both Ira Sacks, a lawyer for Robertson, and Andrew Bart, a lawyer for the EMI recording labels, declined to comment. Frank Scibilia, a lawyer for the EMI publishing companies, did not respond to a request for comment. Founded in 2005 and once known as a Web site selling independent musicians’ songs, MP3tunes came to be known for its so-called cloud music service that allowed users to store music in online lockers. Read the entire article here: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71788:Ex-MP3tunes-chief-liable-in-copyright-case&catid=69

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