MP3.com hit with lawsuit from Fox music agency

Suit alleges infringment of music pub. copyrights

Two months after the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) filed a copyright infringement suit against MP3.com (Daily Variety, Jan. 24), the Harry Fox music publishing agency has filed a similar suit against MP3.com.

The Harry Fox Agency represents 22,000 music publishing firms, including MPL Communications (which handles Paul McCartney’s vast, non-Beatles-related music copyright holdings) and venerable Peer Intl.

Filed in New York Federal Court on March 17, the suit alleges that the My.MP3.com database of more than 80,000 CDs was compiled without consent of those who own the music publishing copyrights. (The RIAA’s suit alleges the same infringement, but of those who own the rights to the sound recordings.)

Represented by the New York City-based firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the suit seek damages of $150,000 for each of the seven alleged violated copyrights cited.

Spokesmen for all parties concerned refused comment on the pending litigation.

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