MP3Tunes Founder Ordered to Pay $41 Million for Copyright Infringement…

MP3Tunes Gets the Book Thrown at Them
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We previously reported on MP3Tunes vs Capitol Records, the copyright case against digital music storage locker site MP3Tunes.

The site’s founder, Michael Robertson, was found guilty of copyright infringement by a jury.  The court said Robertson and MP3Tunes were willfully blind to the infringement of the site’s users.  Robertson also personally seeded the site with unlicensed music, a huge no-no.

The verdict has now been issued. It is long and complex, but Reuters is reporting a potential dollar amount.

Luke Platzer, one of EMI’s lawyers, estimates that the damages add up to around $41 million.

Michael Robertson’s lawyer is planning an appeal.

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13 Responses

  1. Miss Information

    He was not found “guilty” because it was NOT a criminal proceeding. He was found “liable”–for the time being. There is a giant difference. One is slanderous reporting, the other is accurate reporting. You should fix your story.

    • Danwriter

      I second this. Maybe not slanderous but definitely sloppy. It was a civil case, thus he was found “liable,” not “guilty.”

    • hippydog

      Correct, except I doubt it could be considered “slanderous”..
      as the “intention” of both words is the same..

      • Anonymous

        Luck is not involved.

        We have ContentID — and YouTube — today because Viacom sued YouTube.

        Lawsuits are the only way to communicate with Google. And Michael Robertson’s crimes are nothing compared to Google’s.

  2. Stu

    Perhaps, but Michael Robinson STILL committed a crime, and millions of dollars that are rightfully owed to EMI’s publishing divisions and songwriters will now hopefully get paid.

  3. Stu

    Perhaps, but Michael Robertson STILL committed a crime. EMI’s publishing division and songwriters are rightfully entitled to get paid. Hopefully, they will.

  4. Danwriter

    Not slanderous but certainly sloppy. This was a civil matter so he was found liable, not “guilty.”

  5. Willis

    You infringe, you pay. It’s pretty simple, and it wasn’t like he didn’t know about it from previous experience (