The world’s largest music label, Universal, is suing website MySpace for letting its users post and share its artists’ songs and videos.
Universal alleges that the social networking website is infringing copyright, and is seeking up to $150,000 in damages for each copyrighted work infringed.
The music label claims that MySpace has not only allowed the copyright infringement to take place among its users, but has actively participated by reformatting videos for users to play and send to others.
While the foundation of social networking and media sites is ‘user-generated’ content, Universal claims in its suit that the content on MySpace is ‘user-stolen,’ and that the website itself is a willing partner in that theft.
MySpace argues that it is in full compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and that it does not induce, encourage or condone copyright violations.