UMG Hits In-Flight Entertainment Co. With Copyright Claims

By Jeff Sistrunk (May 5, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT) -- UMG Recordings Inc. sued Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. on Monday in California federal court, claiming Global Eagle willfully infringed copyrighted songs and music videos by Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and other popular artists by providing the content to airline passengers through an in-flight entertainment service.

UMG alleges Los Angeles-based Global Eagle and its various subsidaries have violated copyright and California law by providing unauthorized access to works by artists such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Paul Simon and Eminem. The allegedly infringing copies are loaded onto servers onboard aircraft, where they can be accessed by passengers through on-demand and...

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