Viacom, BET Pay $2.75M To Settle Copyright Action

Law360, New York (January 27, 2011, 7:02 PM EST) -- Viacom Inc. and its subsidiary Black Entertainment Television Networks have agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a proposed class action that accused the companies of using copyrighted music in BET programming without authorization.

Plaintiffs Henry Marx and The Music Force LLC on Wednesday filed a motion to approve the settlement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, signaling the end of nearly two years of negotiations with the media giants.

"Continuing this litigation against defendants would entail a lengthy and...
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