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grooveshark2Billboard reports that a panel of five judges in the New York State Supreme Court of Appeals Tuesday found in favor of Universal Music Group (UMG) in its copyright suit against Grooveshark, reversing a lower state court decision favoring Escape Media Group Inc., the operators of Grooveshark.  An important part of the decision was that the court agreed with UMG’s argument that Grooveshark had violated copyright laws by hosting unlicensed music from Universal’s catalog that was recorded prior to 1972 and is not covered by the Digital Millennial Copyright Act (DMCA). Specifically, the DMCA provides a “safe harbor” against copyright litigation for online service providers such as Grooveshark, provided they meet certain obligations, including having a process in place to take down infringing content uploaded by users. The DMCA does not apply to music recorded prior to 1972.  Read more.

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