Hanson Files Suit Vs. MP3.com

Chrysalis Records and teen pop outfit Hanson have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against Vivendi Universal's online subsidiary MP3.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suits, which were filed i

Chrysalis Records and teen pop outfit Hanson have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against Vivendi Universal's online subsidiary MP3.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suits, which were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, join a similar complaint filed May 7 against the San Diego-based music file-sharing service by Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and the group Heart.

The suits, which allege that MP3.com illegally offered hundreds of copyrighted songs from Hanson and Chrysalis Records' artists on its streaming service, seek up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each illegal track, according to the artists' lawyer Bruce Van Dalsem.

Last year MP3.com paid more than $120 million to settle similar suits with the majors, including Vivendi Universal, which then purchased the service in May for $372 million.

"[Since] Universal won, there's a very good chance that MP3.com will not be able to defend these cases on the merits," says Van Dalsem. "You can't retry over and over the same case."

Hanson's most recent album, "This Time Around," peaked at No. 19 on The Billboard 200 in May 2000.