DMCA's Safe Harbor Portions Apply To Pre-1972 Songs: Judge

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT) -- Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group suffered a blow Tuesday in its copyright infringement suit against the owner of online music streaming service Grooveshark, when a New York state judge ruled the Digital Millennium Copyright Act covers songs recorded before 1972.

New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Kapnick upheld an argument from Escape Media Group Inc., which operates Grooveshark, that it was protected by the DMCA's so-called safe harbor provisions from UMG's common law copyright infringement claims related to songs recorded before 1972, which are not currently...
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