1. MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson Hit With $41 Million Jury Verdict

    March 26, 2014 8:30 PM EDT A jury punishes the owner of the once-popular website for hosting thousands of stolen songs. MP3Tunes founder Michael Robertson has been ordered by a New York jury to pay about $41 million in damages for massive copyright infringement. The ruling ...

  2. MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson Found Liable for Copyright Infringement

    March 20, 2014 5:28 AM EDT On Wednesday, a jury in a New York federal courtroom found MP3Tunes founder Michael Robertson liable for infringing the works of Capitol Records, EMI and other record labels and music publishers. Robertson operated two websites, MP3Tunes.comand Si ...

  3. MP3tunes.com Files for Bankruptcy

    May 11, 2012 12:44 AM EDT MP3tunes.com announced Thursday that it filed for bankruptcy in San Diego, according to multiple media reports. The company, founded by former MP3.com founder Michael Robertson in 2005, had been battered with lawsuits from EMI since 2007. "Fo ...

  4. Michael Robertson Stands Up for Megaupload at SXSWi Cloud Panel

    March 13, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Michael Robertson of Mp3tunes.com -- and formerly of the infamously shut down MP3.com -- was outspoken during the "Gimme Shelter From The Storm Clouds" panel at SXSWi on Tuesday, calling out his fellow panelists, attorney Jon Simson, and ...

  5. Business Matters: Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

    December 12, 2011 6:49 PM EST Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable After a few years of media infatuation, success is making Spotify a popular target for criticism. First, Spotify withstood months of criticism about payouts to artists - a fla ...

  6. Business Matters: Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision

    October 05, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision -- Michael Robertson has attracted more legal problems. Most recently he was in court with EMI over MP3tunes.com. In the latest legal dustup, his DAR.fm (which stands for digita ...

  7. What The Split Decision on the EMI vs. MP3Tunes Case Means For The Music Biz (Update)

    August 23, 2011 7:30 PM EDT A federal court today (August 22) rendered a split decision of sorts in the closely-followed lawsuit against music locker MP3Tunes by EMI Music Group. The judge ruled in favor of EMI's request for a summary judgment on certain points, most pa ...

  8. Business Matters: Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group

    August 17, 2011 6:29 PM EDT Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group -- Warner Music Group is a holdout in the Rhapsody-MetroPCS bundle r eported Wednesday at Billboard.biz , according a report by CNET. That means subscribers who get the free subscription t ...

  9. MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson Weighs in on Locker Licensing Demands

    April 29, 2011 11:53 AM EDT Haven't read enough yet about Amazon's Cloud Drive music locker service? Neither have we. Michael Robertson, founder of Amazon rival MP3Tunes, airs a little dirty laundry on the concerns and demands he claims the major labels have for mu ...

  10. DAR.fm Launches, 'TiVo for Music Streaming'

    February 24, 2011 4:44 PM EST Michael Robertson, the entrepreneur behind MP3.com and MP3Tunes -- both of which drew music industry lawsuits for copyright infringement -- is at it again, today launching a new service that will let users record and save music from streaming Inte ...

  11. One Small Step: Apple Moves Closer To The Cloud

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple has quietly introduced a new feature that improves how people stream their stored music files to their iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads, MP3Tunes founder and CEO Michael Robertson explains on his blog . A new addition to Apple’s MobileMe iDis ...

  12. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  13. Legal Drama At MidemNet Opening Keynote

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST It was a case of back to the future at the opening keynote debate at MidemNet in Cannes as one of the speakers from the digital business was unable to make the opening session because of litigation. MidemNet, the music conference focusing on the d ...

  14. MidemNet 2009 Adds Keynoters

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MidemNet, the two-day (Jan. 17-18) technology and business forum that precedes music trade event MIDEM in Cannes, has announced that its 2009 edition will feature keynote speeches by Eric Nicoli, Hilary Rosen and Michael Robertson. Nicoli is curre ...

  15. EMI Sues MP3.com Founder Robertson

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group companies sued online music industry executive Michael Robertson for copyright infringement on Friday, some seven years after his former company paid recording firms more than $100 million to settle a similar case. Several EMI-owned labe ...

  16. AnywhereCD Sues WMG

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The drama around the AnywhereCD online music service continues. Founder Michael Robertson has filed a complaint against Warner Music Group, asking for a declaratory judgment that AnywhereCD did not breach its agreement with WMG and that it indeed ...

  17. WMG Issues Termination Notice To DRM-Free Service

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has sent a notice of termination to the recently launched DRM-free music service AnywhereCD. The service, which was formed by Michael Robertson, founder of the original MP3.com, is stocked with music from a variety of labels inc ...

  18. MP3tunes Hires Hacker DVD Jon

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Infamous Johansen working on secret project. Michael Robertson, founder of MP3tunes, has hired infamous hacker Jon Lech Johansen to work on a new digital music project with the code name Oboe. Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, is the software progr ...

  19. MP3.com's Robertson Getting Back In Biz

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Digital vet starts unprotected-download store. Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of the original MP3.com, has announced plans to launch a new online music store next week. The new store, MP3Tunes, will look much like the original MP3.com a ...

  20. The Tangled Web

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Web's Most Intriguing Music-Related Issues & Destinations. This Week: MP3.com/CNET, StealMyMusic.com and Thereminvox.com. PASSING THE TORCH: One of the pioneer sites of the Internet music biz is set to change hands, as CNET Networks has ...

  21. Zomba Settles With MP3.com

    August 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Zomba Music Group, home to such acts as 'N Sync and Britney Spears, has settled its copyright-infringement suit against MP3.com. As part of the agreement, Zomba has licensed its catalog to be used in Zomba Music Group, home to such acts as  ...

  22. Vivendi Universal Acquires MP3.com

    May 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eight months after beating MP3.com in court, Vivendi Universal, the world's largest record company announced yesterday (May 20) that it will acquire the online music provider in a $372 million cash-an Eight months after beating MP3.com in court ...

  23. Both Sides Claim Victory In TVT/MP3.com Ruling

    April 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A jury in New York ordered MP3.com on Friday to pay about $292,000 in copyright-infringement violations to TVT Records -- a decision that both the Web company and the label are claiming as a victory. A jury in New York ordered MP3.com on Friday to p ...

  24. Industry Leaders On Tap For Internet Music Hearing

    April 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Napster president Hank Barry, veteran rocker Ted Nugent, and EMI Recorded Music president/CEO Ken Berry have joined Don Henley on the list of those slated to testify at tomorrow's Senate Commerce Comm Napster president Hank Barry, veteran rocke ...

  25. Peter Gabriel Album Expected In 2001, But No Tour

    January 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Peter Gabriel's "Up," the long-awaited follow-up to his 1992 Geffen studio album, "Us," is tentatively expected to be released in the fall. "There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel," reads Peter Gabriel& ...