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Copyright protection leads Universal Music to sue MySpace

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Universal Music has filed a complaint against the MySpace social network for infringing the copyright of artists linked to the popular record company.

MySpace is accused of allowing users to publish videos illegally, which makes sharing content and sending it to other Internet users a crime like any other.

Universal’s complaint comes after several months of talks on copyright with the social network under the protection of News Corp, justified a source close to the entities, cited by several foreign media.

The record label assures that on MySpace thousands of songs from some of the most popular artists in the sector are available, free of charge and even before the songs are offered for sale, a factor that greatly damages the music industry. The company estimates that the losses could reach 117,500 euros per song.

At the end of last week, MySpace introduced a rights protection tool that makes it easier for content owners to remove unauthorized material.

The community online characterized the Universal measure as a «litigation without merit» stating in a statement that its procedures for removing illegal discharges complied with existing laws.

Protecting copyrighted material is one of the biggest challenges for entertainment companies. Record companies and television networks have faced legal disputes that accuse sharing networks like YouTube of facilitating free and easy access to protected content.

In the case of the aforementioned video sharing network, recently acquired by Google, Universal Music has agreed a rights license for the transmission of a wide range of content.

However, many companies refuse to conflict with YouTube, because the popularity it has achieved with the community online it has become an effective and safe way to attract audiences and promote content for free.

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