BMI Editorial: 'Cloud' Services and the Attack on the Performing Right
Date: Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 17:46:38 UTC

Capitol Records and others have brought a lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan against, a subscription Internet music "locker" service that raises issues about the legality of unlicensed "cloud-computing" music services. MP3tunes claims not to be liable for copyright infringement because it offers storage by customers of the customers' own music collections on a remote system it operates. BMI holds that the public performing right has long applied to on-demand, interactive streaming. MP3tunes and their amici ("friends of the court") make several legal arguments that could create loopholes in the copyright law relating to the public performing right. Complete Article

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