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EMI sues to hang up Global Music phone site

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EMI Music Publishing has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York charging Global Music One and chair Ralph Simon with copyright infringement. The action seeks $45 million in damages and a court injunction to halt the alleged infringements.

Repped by UTA, Global Music operates a Web site (YourMobile.com) that allows telephone users to download popular songs and substitute them for normal ringing sounds. EMI’s suit alleges Global Music copied and infringed on more than 300 EMI-owned songs, including “Imagine,” “Strangers in the Night” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

EMI claims that when confronted with the alleged infringements, Global’s response was “feigning to be taking steps to end their piracy while continuing to infringe on EMI’s rights.” Global denied the charges.

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