Sony Music sues Universal sister company Radionomy


Sony Music is suing online radio service Radionomy for copyright infringement – a company that just so happens to be a sister organisation to Universal under Vivendi.

In a lawsuit filed at a California federal court last Friday (Feb 26), a group of Sony brands – including Arista Records, LaFace Records and Sony Music Entertainment – accuse the service of violating their copyright on several counts.

In addition to owning Winamp and Shoutcast, Radionomy hosts 57,000 radio stations which are managed by its users – typically stations which broadcast for free online.

It also controls TargetSpot, the first digital audio advertising network in the United States and in France, as well as offering FM radio stations tools to develop and monetize their digital presence.

Sony is claiming the maximum US statutory damages amount of $150,000 per infringed track.

You can read the complaint in full through here.

“It is clear that at least some, and perhaps most, of the stations [Radionomy] provides on its service do not qualify for a statutory license.”

Sony lawsuit

The Sony lawsuit reads: “Plaintiffs bring this action seeking to put an immediate stop to, and to obtain redress for, Defendants’ ongoing and willful infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted sound recordings and album cover art (“cover art”) (collectively, the “copyrighted works”) via an online service through which Defendants unlawfully reproduce, publicly perform, and/or display Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works, and/or facilitate and encourage their users to do so.”

It adds: “Although a limited statutory license to publicly perform certain of Plaintiffs’ sound recordings by means of a digital audio transmission is available for certain qualified users, and certain qualified uses, under Sections 114 and 112(e) of the Copyright Act, Defendants have not sought to avail themselves of such a license since late 2014. Moreover, it is clear that at least some, and perhaps most, of the stations Defendants provide on their service do not qualify for such a license.”

Vivendi acquired a 64.4% majority stake in the Belgian-based Radionomy Group last year, becoming a majority shareholder alongside the firm’s founder Alexandre Saboundjian, its employees and Union Square Ventures.

Vivendi said its capital investment in Radionomy Group would ‘provide an impetus for its commercial development, supported by the promising outlooks for the advertising and digital audio markets all over the world’.

It added: ‘Radionomy is also very well positioned to capitalize on the expected evolution of the digital audio market towards targeted advertising, thanks to its technical tools and its partnerships.’Music Business Worldwide

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    • Shamoy Rahman

      You guys are retarded, Sony has no fault here because they can’t legally can’t break the contract because its assigned with Kesha to Dr. Luke, not Kesha to Sony. If Sony drops Dr. Luke, Kesha will still be under him so Sony is at no fault here. Dropping Dr. Luke won’t change a thing. So please stop this Sony boycott bullshit because they can’t legally do anything right now.

      • What the hell are you talking about? Boycott Sony because they are trying to shut down all internet music streaming except iheart which is paying them big bucks. Sony are a bunch of greedy a-holes. I couldn’t care less about what happens to Kesha or Dr. Luke or the rest of the no-talent fucks you call “artists” these days.

        • Shamoy Rahman

          Since when are they trying to shut down internet music streaming? They are simply suing those who are unlicensed with patent or content infringement. Sony had a partnership with Spotify to boost and promote more of their music on the platform. Where the heck are you getting the info about Sony going against the streaming industry. NO “Boycott Sony” until you can prove it to me.

          • They are shutting down internet streaming by demanding streams be taken off such services as Tunein and many others. Yes, they are greedy fucks, and they are indeed trying to shut down internet music stations. Again, BOYCOTT SONY. Don’t buy their music. Don’t buy their products.

          • Shamoy Rahman

            Oh yes, I’ll buy more Xperia phones and Bravia TVs from now on because they are a technology innovator. They deserve funding for their electronics division because they are a hardworking and innovative company. Sony actually likes streaming because it makes up 19% of their music revenue. Now where’s the proof they’re trying to shut down streaming. Proof or get the fuck out of here.

          • Stupid Sony shill. As for their hardware, I used to swear by it. But it’s turned to crap over the last several years. Everything from crappy, buggy firmware that needs an update right out of the box to crappy hardware that flames out in a year. It’s all crap. Samsung seems to make a solid product, and it costs less than Sony, who are living on their name these days. Screw Sony and screw you. BOYCOTT SONY because they are shutting down streaming stations and because their products are shit.

          • Shamoy Rahman

            Their TVs and smartphones are excellent, better OLED TVs and worthy competitors of Samsung smartphones because they have better battery life and cameras than Samsung phones. Their products are too good for you cuz you’re shit. Now leave this thread since you have no proof of them going against the streaming industry.

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          • Shamoy Rahman

            So according to you every smartphone’s camera, screen, and battery in the world sucks goat nads.

          • I’m quite surprised that Sony allows its employees speak like this on social media and in public forums, I’m betting that they don’t, and that they will fire you as soon as I bring this to their attention.

          • Shamoy Rahman

            I don’t work at Sony so I wouldn’t know. However I am a fan of innovative technology and I don’t want media hurting technological innovation. That’s why I’m standing up against your boycott sony bullshit.

          • Shamoy Rahman

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  • Meteorologist Jason Scott

    We need to Boycott Sony and don’t pay for their music …