All nine major music labels came together on one accord to make a move to shut down a site they claim is nothing more than a copyright infringer. The labels which include Warner Music Group Corp’s Atlantic Recording Corp, Elektra Entertainment Group Inc and Warner Bros. Records Inc; EMI Group Plc’s Capitol Records LLC, Priority Records LLC and Virgin Records America Inc; and the Interscope Records, Motown Record Co LP and UMG Recordings Inc labels of Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group are alleging that Project Playlist (www.projectplaylist.com) amounts to nothing more than a clearinghouse for music piracy. They claim the service allows users to “easily find, play and share music with others for free, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.”
The website compiles a vast index of songs on the Internet and users can “quickly and easily search the index for recordings by their favorite artists. At the click of a mouse, Project Playlist instantly streams a digital performance of the selected recording to the user, who can listen to it on his or her computer or mobile device,” the lawsuit said.
The labels are looking to shut the site down a la Napster style and seek unspecified monetary relief.
Most disturbing to the labels is that this site was on the brink of advancing its technology and getting music to listeners quicker than the labels have been able to. Downloadable to mobile devices and embeddable on Facebook and Myspace, Playlist.com was expanding its aim to share free music with its users. CLICK [HERE] for full details.