As most of the population of music downloaders know, LimeWire has been having quite an eventful summer. And now they’re back in the news, asking for a trail by jury on the copyright infringment case. On Wednesday, Limewire denied the copyright infringement accusation made by publishers including Warner Music in a compliant filed in Manhattan federal court. As reported in the past, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled that Lime Wire was liable for encouraging it’s wed users to share recordings without authorization by record labels. According to the attorney representing Lime Wire, “They seek to claim copyright or intellectual property rights as to works that are in the public domain and therefore not protected.” Not only are the labels expecting to receieve monetary damages but they also seek to order Lime Wire to permanently shut down their site and freeze the assests of its founder, Mark Gorton. President of the National Music Publishers’ Association, David Israelite, said, “Thousands upon thousands of American songwriters have been harmed by the illegal activities of Lime Wire. We look forward to their day in court.” Dates for the trails have yet to be reported and there have been no comfirmations of Lime Wire’s request for a jury by trail being refused or accepted. However both trails are being held in the Southern District of New York.
Poor, poor MTV just can’t catch a break. What has happened, you ask? Well as reports earlier this summer said that MTV had plans of returning to showing more music videos and MTV’s hopes of holding on to it’s viewers, the attempt has only set them back. What MTV didn’t count on was the loyal viewers going to another source for their music video watching needs. Last Thursday, MTV premiered two brand new music videos (Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Kanye West’s “Power) on the same night in one broadcast. Without hesitation, everyone watched the videos online Friday, as if there was no premiere. Monday, MTV faced an even bigger problem. After several talks over licensing agreements, Universal Music Group has pulled all of their artists video’s from MTV’s site. However, the network can still show those artists video’s on any of their cable networks. Instead, Vevo is now the proud owner of the music video lovers that want to watch all the video’s they can. The website is a Youtube channel run by Universal, Sony and Abu Dhabi Media Company. As of yet, Sony hasn’t pulled their artists content from MTV. But the question remains, how long will it take before MTV admits to no longer being a reliable resource for Music Television?
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It’s a rumor but: new Van Halen Music might be released sometime next year.
Jay-Z’s Radio City Performance will air on Live on BET.
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