Aurous Responds: “We Plan to Fight the RIAA and Win”

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On Monday, Aurous told the music industry to go f*&k itself.

On Tuesday, Aurous was officially sued by Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, their various subsidiaries, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for “blatant copyright infringement.”

On Wednesday, Aurous founder was officially served with the complaint in Miami.

Now, Aurous is responding, and promising to fight back.

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11 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Narcissistic coder douche thinks getting sued is no biggie. Deserves everything about to happen to him.

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    • Tone

      “Entitlement” is a good characterization. I rarely side with the RIAA and major labels but I can’t get behind services and entrepreneurs like this.

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  2. Anonymous

    If I can play devils advocate for a second here, isn’t this exactly what YouTube is doing? Particularly giving away songs for free without paying the artists? Sure, there’s some ads revenue (i.e. VEVO), but lets be honest..how much of that is the artist really seeing?

    On YouTube, you can upload a song natively to an artist’s channel and try to monetize it, but it’ll be flagged by some publisher for copyright infringement. Yet, you search for the same song on YouTube, find it uploaded from someone who doesn’t own the rights, and THEY’RE it monetizing it with ads…

    I don’t support Aurous by any means, and think $10 a month via a Spotify for all the music in the world is MORE than fair, but this could be a good thing for the industry. Instead of the music industry suing everyone (like always), how about you gut check yourselves and fix the issue at hand rather than continuing to throw lawyers at it.

    If you just embraced technology from the beginning, you wouldn’t be in this mess to begin with (i.e. Napster) or at least it’d be a lot less detrimental.

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    • lroosemusic

      It would be the same thing if he’d worked out a monetization system and rates with each of the labels. YouTube likely pays a shit ton to the labels (up front + royalties) in order to do what they do.

      Without any agreement to share their content freely, it’s infringement, and nothing like YouTube.

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    • Faza (TCM)

      You are right, this is very similar to what YouTube is doing. Nobody’s particularly happy about the YouTube situation either.

      There are two noticable differences, however:
      1. YouTube is at least trying to keep up appearances of being legit. They have (some) licensing in place, they observe the niceties of the DMCA takedown process (albeit grudgingly), they’ve implemented Content ID (for what it’s worth) in order to (supposedly) mitigate some of the problems with user uploaded content. In other words, they’re doing the absolute minimum to make themselves a low-priority target. That and…

      2. YouTube is owned by Google who could probably buy the entire music industry outright. They certainly can (and do) buy a lot of influence in Washington and have the legal resources to keep any case tied up in court indefinitely. Nobody really wants to litigate against Google or YouTube – not after Viacom’s failed bid – at least until there’s a major shift in legislation or judicial doctrine.

      If Aurous wants to get into a legal slugfest without having all of YouTube’s advantages, they deserve everything that’s coming their way.

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  3. lroosemusic

    This is popcorn time for rights holders.

    I mean literally get some popcorn, this is gonna be fun to watch.

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    • Haha

      That’s so true! I’m actually excited to see what happens. This guy is not going to have things easy

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