January 19, 2002 |
Having paid more than $190 million to settle copyright-infringement claims, Vivendi Universal subsidiary MP3.com on Friday sued the Palo Alto law firm that advised it on copyright matters. The malpractice lawsuit against Cooley Godward seeks hundreds of millions of dollars in actual and punitive damages. "To my knowledge, this is the largest legal malpractice case ever filed in California," said Allan Browne, who represents MP3.com.
July 20, 2001 |
Pressplay, the online music distributor jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, said San Diego-based MP3.com will provide critical pieces of technology needed to deliver songs via the Internet. Pressplay has been slow to reveal key elements of its service, including the technologies it planned to use to deliver song files, track usage and bill subscribers. MP3.
November 29, 2000 |
MP3.com has signed a licensing deal with David Bowie for the right to stream his music catalog over the Web, tying up a legal loose end stemming from the company's embattled online music-locker service. Bowie is represented by EMI Group-owned Virgin Records but owns the copyrights on some of his master recordings. This makes him one of a handful of major artists not covered by previous settlements worked out with major record labels over the streaming service, dubbed My.MP3.com. MP3.
November 17, 2000 |
MP3.com, a music-sharing site that has resolved copyright suits with all five of the major record labels, faces another lawsuit from closely held Unity Entertainment Corp. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeks class-action status to represent all parties allegedly damaged by MP3.com's dissemination of copyrighted recordings via the Internet. The suit was filed before MP3.com agreed this week to pay $53.4 million to Seagram Co.'
May 28, 2001 |
No one knows which online music services will hit the jackpot, but the major record labels are determined to take their share of any Web company's winnings. That's the message that the labels are sending through a series of high-profile lawsuits against online music firms. A half-dozen lawsuits--including ones against Napster Inc., MP3.com and now Launch Media Inc.--have narrowed the services that can be offered without a license from the labels, while also setting a high price for licenses.
November 15, 2003 |
Once a rock star in the online music world, MP3.com is leaving the building. The San Diego-based company helped launch the digital-music revolution five years ago by enabling independent artists to offer downloadable songs directly to the public. But after two desultory years under the wing of global media conglomerate Vivendi Universal, MP3.com is about to change owners and stop the downloads. A spokeswoman for CNet Networks Inc.
March 25, 2000 |
Paul McCartney's publishing company MPL Communications Inc. has joined the record industry's battle against digital music company MP3.com Inc.'s controversial database of copyrighted music. The publishing company filed a suit last week in U.S. District Court in New York accusing San Diego-based MP3.com of copyright infringement stemming from its http://my.mp3.com service. The service sparked a lawsuit from the trade group Recording Industry Assn.
May 3, 2000 |
Music giants Sony Music and Universal Music said Tuesday they had joined forces to launch a subscription-based digital music service, which experts say could be the next big trend in distributing music on the Web. Also Tuesday, music-downloading company MP3.com Inc. said it had launched a classical music subscription service. The announcements follow a federal judge's ruling last week that MP3.
August 31, 2001 |
Zomba Records, the powerful independent record label that is home to the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, said Thursday that it had settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with online music company MP3.com Inc., a unit of Vivendi Universal. "The parties have settled the litigation between them and resolved their differences to their mutual satisfaction and have entered into a licensing arrangement for the My.mp3 service," Zomba said in a statement. The terms were not disclosed.