Court Protects Cloud Music Lockers


Copyright protection extends to cloud music lockers based on a new federal court ruling. US District Judge William H. Pauley III in New York granted judgments in favor of MP3tunes and Michael Robertson on August 22, 2011 under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) since MP3tunes complied with the DMCA safe harbor provision by taking down music that violated the Copyrights of others. EMI and 14 record and music companies brought a Copyright infringement claim against MP3tunes and Robertson and won on certain claims regarding infringement, but lost on the music locker claims.

My friend Rob Spiegel wrote an interesting eCommerce Times article about this case.

With the advent of Apple’s iCloud and the music lockers of Google and Amazon Judge Pauley’s ruling is significant.

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