MP3.com Sued By Dylan, Joel, Taylor
Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and James Taylor have filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against online music site MP3.com, claiming it distributed their music without authorization, Billboard Bulletin repBob Dylan, Billy Joel, and James Taylor have filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against online music site MP3.com, claiming it distributed their music without authorization, Billboard Bulletin reports.
The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claims that MP3.com willfully infringed on the plaintiffs' copyrights by using their material in the MyMP3 streaming locker service without authorization. The plaintiffs seek actual damages to be determined at trial and statutory damages of $150,000 per work infringed.
MP3.com has been sued over MyMP3 -- a digital storage service that requires user registration -- by numerous other artists, including Hanson, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and Heart. The online company has settled similar actions brought since 2000 by all five major labels, independent labels that include Zomba and TVT, and music publishers. In the biggest payout, MP3.com settled with Universal Music Group in November 2000 for $53 million; its parent Vivendi Universal then scooped up the online company for $372 million.
MP3.com earlier this year sued its former lawyers for malpractice in advising the company to launch without approval from labels and publishers. The company had no comment on the new suit.