UMG Sues MySpace Claiming Copyright Infringement: News Corp. Unit Says In Compliance

Universal Music Group continues to play hard ball in the digital realm … With negotiations at a standstill today the Vivendi subsidiary filed suit in federal court claiming News Corp.’s MySpace is allowing — and facilitating illegal uploads that breach UMG’s copyright. UMG sued user-gen sites and last month but this is different. As the WSJ reports, the two companies were negotiating and the recently announced MySpace-Gracenote test to catch copyright infringement, was meant to be the last hurdle before reaching a licensing agreement. But UMG reportedly wanted to be paid for previous use — not just going forward — and that was a bridge too far for News Corp, which would be setting a very costly precedent. UMG then filed suit in U.S. District Court (Central District) in Cailfornia. (Update: the text of the full lawsuit is here)
In a rapidly issued statement, MySpace said the company “has been keeping UMG closely apprised of our industry-leading efforts to protect creators’ rights, and it