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Randy Newman, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Tom Waits have filed a $40.5 million copyright-infringement lawsuit against MP3.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. In the suit -- filed Monday in U.S. DisRandy Newman, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Tom Waits have filed a $40.5 million copyright-infringement lawsuit against MP3.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. In the suit -- filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles -- the artists, who self-administer the publishing rights to some of their songs, claim MP3.com has illegally copied their catalogs for use on the MyMP3.com digital storage locker service.
The artists claim that 270 of their songs are available on the service, including Newman's hits "I Love L.A." and "Short People," Heart's "Barracuda" and "Even It Up," and Waits' "Time" and "Strange Weather."
"Other artists who control their publishing rights may not realize this is happening because they're too busy, but more should do this," says Bruce Van Dalsem, attorney for the plaintiffs. An MP3.com spokesperson declined comment, saying the company had not yet been served with the lawsuit.
Last year, the five major labels and music publishers sued MP3.com over its locker service. MP3.com was found guilty of copyright infringement and paid out nearly $200 million in settlements and damages; as part of the settlements, the majors licensed their catalogs to the online company. The MyMP3.com service was relaunched last December; it now charges a $50 membership fee.