Universal Music Group Gets Countersued Over In-Flight Music

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Back in 2013, Sony Music filed a lawsuit against airline music service Inflight and United Airlines.  Sony said unauthorized copies of their music were being played on airplanes.

In 2014, Universal Music filed a similar lawsuit against Inflight.  They later added American Airlines to the complaint. Universal accused these parties of violating their copyright.

Now, there’s more turbulence: as of this week, Inflight has countersued Universal Music, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Inflight says Universal provided them with music and allowed them to use it for years before suddenly changing their stance.

Inflight says they contacted Universal in 2009 because their licensing coverage was not complete.  They say Universal agreed to a fee and said they would send an agreement, but never did.

They used Universal’s music between 2009 and 2013.  Inflight claims:

“During this time frame, Universal Music assured IFP that its continued reproduction and distribution of Universal Music’s works in the United States for use on airlines was acceptable…”

Universal sent Inflight a cease and desist in 2013.

Inflight says Universal only sued because Sony did it first.  They’re countersuing Universal for misrepresentation, concealment, interference with contractual relations, and interference with prospective economic advantage.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Bandit

    There must be more to this narrative.

    Isn’t Universal’s cease and desist letter their heavy handed way of telling IFP free ride is over?

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    • danwriter

      There has to be a lot more to it.

      “Inflight says they contacted Universal in 2009 because their licensing coverage was not complete. They say Universal agreed to a fee and said they would send an agreement, but never did.
      They used Universal’s music between 2009 and 2013.”

      Inflight used millions of dollars’ worth of copyrighted material for four years based on what, a verbal? There’s got to be a lot more to this.

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  2. Remi Swierczek

    Class action lawsuit by the artist against UMG has a merit.
    They are the creators of free and semi free “ubiquity” nirvana.

    As the time goes by the exit from this insane road will be more difficult.

    Soon there will be a good reason for two class action lawsuits by the artists and by licensed distributors of free being forced to normality.

    I am not excluding the possibility of third class-action lawsuit by shareholders of this public entity.

    Wow! It’s exciting! Where are the lawyers?

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