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Music Publishers Join British Soccer League Class Action Suit Against YouTube

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Despite a number of agreements with content owners and the promise to put a new copyright filtering system in place next month, YouTube’s legal troubles continue. The National Music Publishers Association, which claims 600-plus members, is joining a proposed class action lawsuit brought by the Football Association Premier League Ltd. and music publisher Bourne & Co. against YouTube and parent Google (Nasdaq: GOOG). Additionally, Robert Tur, the owner of Los Angeles News Service, plans to drop a separate suit and join the class action. The suit, filed in May in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges the two with copyright infringement and asks for an injunction plus unspecified damages. The damages being sought remain unspecified. Release The proposed class action is being heard with Viacom’s (NYSE: VIA) $1 billion suit against YouTube and Google, filed before the proposed class action.

Reuters: Also supporting the suit, the Rugby Football League, the Finnish Football League Association and author Daniel Quinn.

WSJ: While the four major record companies have reached accords with YouTube and Google – as has Vivendi, the largest music publisher, which signed a separate agreement with YouTube – last year, continuing talks with the majority of publishers have failed to yield a satisfactory accommodation for all sides on royalty rates. As for the reaction to YouTube’s recent copyright fingerprinting initiative, the publishers regard it as stalling tactic and maintain a “business as usual” approach to ignoring unauthorized content use.