Radionomy, Shoutcast, Winamp, Targetspot, Being Sued By Media Copyright Owners
Music listening and streaming trends have undergone substantial changes over the past decade or so. Passionate music lovers no longer need to rely on traditional radio or music streaming services for their favorite tracks. With huge technological advancements underway across the globe in today’s times, streaming services too have become bigger, and many companies are competing to get a piece of the pie.
Take the case of Radionomy. A service offered by a group of companies, (Shoutcast & Targetspot) where broadcasters are rewarded for large amounts of listeners, and stations with little or no listeners are shut down, as they are deemed not profitable.
The Front-Page Story
According to news sources, Radionomy along with its entire pack of partners have been allegedly found guilty in royalty affairs. The lawsuit filed by Sony & other copyright owners accuses Radionomy of improper royalty practices and no licensing payments since 2014. The entire proceedings of the case will be carried out in the California Federal Court.
The Legal State of Affairs
The music industry in general has been battling against piracy for quite some time now. Although the initial war was against cyber-lockers, torrent sites, and unauthorized MP3 index, it has now extended to fight large content distributors such as Radionomy.
As stated earlier, a group of record labels have come together and filed copyright infringement lawsuits against Radionomy and its partners. The music companies involved in this power-play are Arista Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Zomba Recording, and LaFace Records.
Radionomy offers access to music titles that are streamed directly from the computers of hobbyists. Listeners across the globe can place searches based on genres, artists, or theme. While innumerable users are reaping its benefits, Sony music labels have a different story to narrate. According to them, Radionomy’s track record has not been quite impressive when it comes to paying royalties or providing royalty reports to its broadcasters.
Evidence and Reports
Sony music labels corroborates these claims by producing rock-solid evidence in this regard.
According to their statements, Radionomy streamed and used tracks of a huge array of artists without permission. They include creations from Bob, Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Pink Floyd, Shakira, One Direction, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Adele, and John Mayer.
The additional evidence indicated towards the use of copyrighted music singles. Radionomy’s ‘One Direction The Radio’ service played recordings of “Something Great” and “Nobody Compares”; both of which are creations of One Direction and owned by the plaintiff.
The labels went on adding to Radionomy’s hassles by taking a dig at its service offerings. According to accusations, Radionomy encourages and rewards radio stations capable of attracting a huge number of audience. On the contrary, it penalizes stations failing to reach this ‘minimum audience’ targets.
There is simply no denying that a great diversity of online music is something great for us all. However, crucial issues of copyright infringement must be dealt seriously. Stay tuned for more updates on this one from us at Primcast.