Music Group's Copyright Suit Against Ford, GM On The Rocks

Law360, Washington (October 24, 2017, 6:44 PM EDT) -- A copyright lawsuit from a music industry group against General Motors LLC, Ford Motor Corp. and others over in-car entertainment systems appeared to be in trouble Tuesday after a D.C. federal judge hammered away at the group's contention that the systems qualify as digital recording devices under the law.

During a lengthy hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji B. Jackson said she was deeply skeptical of the Alliance of Artists and Recording Cos. Inc.'s primary argument that the car's infotainment systems can be considered "digital audio recording devices" under the 1992 Audio Home Recording Act. The group's lawsuit alleges the defendants, which include suppliers Denso...

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