Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Universal Music Sues Two Online Video Websites

Yinka Adegoke writes for Reuters:

Universal Music Group said on Tuesday it filed lawsuits against online video sharing sites Grouper and Bolt.com for allowing users to swap pirated versions of its musicians' videos.

Universal, whose artists include U2, Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey, said it is seeking damages up to as much as $150,000 for each incident of copyright infringement plus costs. It estimated that thousands of music videos were being viewed on both sites, to their benefit alone.

The lawsuits were filed late on Monday at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division.

Grouper and Bolt officials were not immediately available for comment.

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