Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Aimee Mann's Digital Music Copyright Lawsuit

In the past week, there's been quite a bit of chatter about Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's decision to pull his music from Spotify, a popular streaming service.

Now comes a lawsuit from another acclaimed songwriter, Aimee Mann, who presents the argument that some artists like herself are being systematically robbed of digital royalties.

In the cross-hairs of the lawsuit is a company called MediaNet, which might be somewhat obscure but plays an important role. The company was founded in 1999 as a venture backed by EMI, AOL, BMG and RealNetworks before being sold to a private equity firm in 2005. Today, it is essentially a white label that serves up more than 22 million songs to over 40 music services including Yahoo Music,, eBay and various online radio services. MORE HERE

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