What you need to know
- Google has been sued for copyright infringement by Pro Music Rights LLC.
- The suit is a result of allegedly failing to properly license music for their platforms.
- Google currently offers two streaming services, YouYube Music and Google Play Music.
Google is getting sued for copyright infringement on both its Google and YouTube Music services by royalty collection firm, Pro Music Rights. The firm announced this lawsuit today, additionally targeting Apple, Amazon, SoundCloud, Pandora, Deezer, 7digital, iHeartradio, and Rhapsody alongside Google and YouTube (named as separate entities.)
Pro Music Rights CEO Jake P. Noch gave the following comment:
When it comes to YouTube, streaming licensed music is more complicated than it should be. Google's YouTube Music service combines both user-sourced (read: pirated) music and officially licensed music. It's possible that this may have led to some music streams not being properly compensated, even as users pay Google to deal with those logistics.
As per Android Central's Ara Wagoner's prescient editorial:
In the meantime, it's going to be quite a challenge for Pro Music Rights to go up against not just Google's lawyers, but Apple and Spotify's as well. With the amount of DMCA'ing going on, it's hard to deny that Google has been making a good faith effort to protect the copyright of artists.
That the artists and their representatives feel otherwise is hard to dispute, whether they can prove it to the courts is a different matter entirely.
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