If you haven't heard already, MySpace is being sued by Universal Music Group. Should I leave you all guessing as to why? OK. No more suspense. The lawsuit claims that MySpace allows its users to upload videos illegally. Click here to read more.
UMG also claims that the company has "made infringement free and easy, turning MySpace videos into a vast virtual warehouse for pirated copies of music videos and song" As you can imagine music videos are not cheap to make and serve as a form of advertising for the band. It's almost safe to say that music videos are the band's advertisments. There have been a lot of negative comments concerning labels amongst many musicians.
I'm not too sure whether this story makes you feel sympathy for UMG or not. I'd like to hear your comments. Keep one thing in mind. Imagine UMG just signed you. What would you expect from them? Most likely you'd think they'd record your album, make a video for your first single, then put you on tour. Seems like the normal course of business. What if all of a sudden they turned to you and a told you "Sorry, we're not going to record your album because no one's going to buy it" or "Sorry, no video because no one's going to watch it on TV"? Another thing to consider is this. Why would people request your song or video on the radio or TV if they could get it online whenever they wanted for free?
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