Uncensored Music Network, a start-up group, is suing Universal Music Group and DirecTV for allegedly stealing its idea for a commercial-free premium TV channel touting musician freedom of expression.

NEW YORK--Uncensored Music Network, a start-up group, is suing Universal Music Group and DirecTV for allegedly stealing its idea for a commercial-free premium TV channel touting musician freedom of expression.

Uncensored is seeking damages for an alleged loss of $49.75 million in financing and $10 million a month in profits. Uncensored is also pursuing an injunction.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Uncensored said that promises of financing for the new venture fell through after it was reported earlier this year that Universal was in talks for a similar DirecTV channel to be called "1AM" (short for First Amendment).

Uncensored said it ran its plans past both DirecTV and Street Records, a Universal subsidiary, last fall. Jimmy Iovine is now allegedly part of the Universal venture, after having received a copy of Uncensored's plan.

Case: Uncensored Music Network v. Universal Music and DirecTV

Filing counsel: Brian J. Jacobs

Causes of action: Misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.

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