This Lawsuit Over Digital Music Could Change Everything

“Where’s my money? WHERE’S MY MONEY?”Aimee Mann is one hard-workin’ performer.  She also expects to be paid fairly for what she does.  That’s why she’s launched a massive lawsuit that could be worth up to $18 million.  From Billboard:

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.

But according to Mann’s lawsuit, not all of the music being provided by MediaNet is properly licensed. Mann is demanding statutory damages for willful copyright infringement of some 120 songs, which could amount to damages as high as $18 million.

More on the situation can be found here.

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One thought on “This Lawsuit Over Digital Music Could Change Everything

  • Good luck, Aimee! Go for the throat – you, and thousands of other songwriters, lyricist and music publishers are getting screwed, and it's time it was stopped.


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