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UMG Recordings, Inc. v. MP3. Com, Inc., 92 F. Supp. 2d 349 (
Transcript of UMG Recordings, Inc. v. MP3. Com, Inc., 92 F. Supp. 2d 349 (
- MP3.com launched a new service called My.MP3.com.
- UMG Recordings and other recording companies sued MP3.com for copyright infringement
- Based on four factors of the Copyright Act, the court denied the defendant’s claims on fair use.
Concise Rule of Law
The Copyright Act specifies four factors that are involved in the case:
(1) the purpose and character of the use; (2) nature of the copyrighted work; (3) amount of substantiality of the portion; and (4) market effect.
In what terms can Copyright Infringement overlap against fair use?
Why the district court does not consider this case as a fair use?
Holding and Decision
Primarily, the Court has determined that the MP3.com infringed the copyright of the UMG records and other recording companies, due to the following:
- The purpose of use is commercial.
- More copyright materials are taken for repeated use, which eliminates fair use
- Copyright holder has the right to do whatever he wants to do with his material, and not MP3.com
UMG Recordings, Inc. v. MP3. Com, Inc., 92 F. Supp. 2d 349 (S.D.N.Y. 2000).
District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2000
The Defendant, MP3.com purchased thousands of copyrighted material CDs for its subscribers to listen music through the Internet.
The Plaintiff, UMG Records, along with other recording companies sued for copyright infringement.
The Defendant used the fair use philosophy.
The court favored the Plaintiff’s complaints based on the four factors of the Copyright Act violated by the Defendant.
Why mp3.com does not have the right to convert the CDs to mp3 files?
Why UMG Recordings and other recording companies sued mp.com for copyright in infringement?