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Megaupload sues Universal

Accuses music label of wrongfully pulling its content from Youtube
Tue Dec 13 2011, 15:42

FILE HOSTING service Megaupload is suing Universal for allegedly taking down its content from Youtube "wrongfully".

According to Torrent Freak, Universal took action on Friday to remove the Megaupload-produced pop video that featured leading artists praising the cyberlocker.

Megaupload's campaign was fronted by a Printz Board-produced song featuring artists such as P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Chris Brown, The Game and Mary J Blige. However, it was blocked by Youtube due to Universal Music Group (UMG) and IFPI copyright takedowns.

"Let us be clear: Nothing in our song or the video belongs to Universal Music Group. We have signed agreements with all artists endorsing Megaupload," Megaupload CEO David Robb told Torrent Freak.

He added, "Efforts to reach out to UMG and open a dialog about this abuse of the DMCA process were answered with unfounded and baseless legal threats and demands for an apology."

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said the music label will now have to justify its actions in court, and that Megaupload's legal team had already been instructed to sue Universal over the allegedly illegitimate copyright takedown of the Mega Song, an act which Kim said was an attempt to sabotage their viral campaign.

Furthermore, although Megaupload had previously been restrained on the issue of SOPA, it now appears that the Mega Song takedown has prompted a change of course by the organisation.

Torrent Freak has reported that the lawsuit was filed yesterday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. µ

 

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