RIAA files complaint on MegaUpload, unlicensed foreign music sites
The Recording Industry Association of America sent a notice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week, calling unlicensed music-sharing at foreign social networking sites and cyberlockers a “cynical ploy” to take money out of artists’ pockets and line their own.
Named in the organization’s missive was MegaUpload, owned by the famously eccentric millionaire Kim Schmitz. The other two targets were China’s SoGou MP3 service and Russian social networking site VKontakte.
VKontakte caters to 120 million users, said the RIAA. Coupled with its more benign offerings are music and video file-sharing capabilities:
[VKontakte is] specifically designed to enable members to upload music and video files, hundreds of thousands of which contain unlicensed copyright works. Its dedicated content search engine enables other members to search and instantly stream unlicensed music and movies, giving VKontakte an unfair competitive edge over other social networks that do not offer free access to unlicensed material.
A quick glimpse at VKontakte reveals a Facebook copycat that offers “an all-purpose tool for communication and finding friends.” Unlike Facebook, joining requires an invite from a member. The site is currently ranked the 44th most popular site in the world by website tracker Alexa.
According to the U.S. trade group, the offshoot site SoGou MP3 is “actively involved in the manipulation of its database of unlicensed music” and promotes various American artists’ work.
“What’s particularly offensive about some of these companies is that they intentionally launch music services without any form of licensing as a cynical ploy to gain market share and make more money on the back of artists, labels, songwriters and everyone else involved in the music community,” said Neil Turkewitz, RIAA executive vice president.
It’s unclear what – if any – action the USTR will take to address the RIAA’s report on “notorious markets” around the globe.
A new proposal by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) this week dubbed the “Stop Online Piracy Act” seeks to increase the United States’ ability to deal with foreign rogue sites. RIAA CEO Cary Sherman called the bill “a first step towards a brighter day.”
There are 1 comments
- MyCE Senior Member
- Posted on: 30 Oct 11 08:15
In other words declare cyber war on these countries. It's most likely easier than bombing the crap out of them..
Most popular headlines
- Sun 26 Oct 11:10 by DoMiN8ToR
Traces in the Android source code give us hints that the next Nexus device will ...
- Thu 23 Oct 07:10 by DoMiN8ToR
It's likely you haven't seen a datacenter from the inside before and certainly n...
- Mon 27 Oct 05:10 by DoMiN8ToR
The Spanish company CineMartin claims to have developed software that makes it p...
- Thu 23 Oct 03:10 by DoMiN8ToR
Windows 10 will work on screens with a lower resolution than before. Microsoft h...
- Fri 24 Oct 12:10 by DoMiN8ToR
Anti-virus company Avast released the 2015 version of their virus scanner w...