MP3tunes Found Liable by Jury for Copyright Infringement

EMI Group Ltd. won most of its claims in a copyright trial against the music storage site MP3tunes LLC and Michael Robertson, its founder and chief executive officer.

A jury in Manhattan today found MP3tunes and Robertson liable for infringing EMI’s copyrights in music and album cover art near the end of a four-week trial. Both sides will begin presenting evidence on damages in the case tomorrow.

EMI sued in 2007, claiming that MP3Tunes set up its service so that copyrighted songs stored in a user’s online “personal music locker” could be copied and sent to other computers, “enabling multiple unauthorized copies to be made and distributed.”

EMI and other music companies have taken websites to court in attempts to reduce losses caused by people sharing songs online without paying for them.

The case is Capitol Records v. MP3tunes LLC, 07-09931, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Van Voris in federal court in Manhattan at rvanvoris@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net. Charles Carter, Fred Strasser

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