Beleaguered file-swapping service Napster was hit on another legal front yesterday (March 6) when the Recording Academy, producer of the Grammy Awards, filed a copyright-infringement suit against the
Beleaguered file-swapping service Napster was hit on another legal front yesterday (March 6) when the Recording Academy, producer of the Grammy Awards, filed a copyright-infringement suit against the company. The academy is seeking to prohibit Napster from allowing its millions of users to download and share recordings of live performances aired at last month's 43rd annual Grammy show.
The academy said it owns the rights to the works and has applied to copyright the material. Some of the recordings appeared on Napster immediately after the Feb. 21 broadcast. "Within hours of the televised broadcast, the sound recordings of live performances at the Grammy Awards were made available by Napster for downloading and copying," the suit says.
The suit was filed the same day a federal judge in San Francisco put Napster on notice that it must remove record companies' copyrighted material from its file-sharing service.
Recording Academy president Michael Greene said the academy and Universal Music Group, parent company of Eminem's record label Interscope, are debating whether to commercially release the much-hyped broadcast of Eminem's duet of "Stan" with Elton John now that it is on Napster.
"We remixed that song, and we're looking to put it out to the public with some of the proceeds going to the Recording Academy charities," he said.
Napster did not immediately return messages.
The live performances the academy is seeking to protect include "Stan"; "Beautiful Day" by U2; "Natural Blues" by Moby featuring Jill Scott and Blue Man Group; a medley of "The Writing's On The Wall"-"Independent Women Part 1"-"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child; "Difficult Kind" by Shelby Lynne and Sheryl Crow; "Music" by Madonna; "Travelin' Player" by Dolly Parton and Brad Paisley; "This I Promise You" by 'N Sync; "You're The One" by Paul Simon; "Breathe" by Faith Hill; "I Try" by Macy Gray; and "Pero Me Acuerdo de Ti" and "Falsas Esperanzas" by Christina Aguilera.
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