Los Angeles – A federal court has ordered LiveUniverse, a
network of websites run by MySpace co-founder Brad Greenspan, to cease
operating four sites offering unlicensed song lyrics. National Music Publishers
Association (NMPA) member companies Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music
sued LiveUniverse and Greenspan — along with a number of other companies — in
August 2009 for offering unlicensed song lyrics.

This week, a federal judge
found LiveUniverse in contempt of a preliminary injunction from May, where the
company was ordered to remove infringing material.

LiveUniverse must now take down,, and within 48 hours, and keep the sites offline until infringing
materials is removed and verified by the court.

The company will face sanctions of $100,000 for each website not timely disabled, the NMPA said.

Court’s action is consistent with copyright law and precedent, and
should serve as a reminder to web operators who attempt to profit from
copyrighted works without a license," said NMPA president and CEO David Israelite.

"There is simply no excuse to fail to license
music content."


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