Los Angeles – A federal court has ordered LiveUniverse, a network of websites run by MySpace co-founder Brad Greenspan, to cease operating four sites offering unlicensed song lyrics. National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) member companies Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music sued LiveUniverse and Greenspan — along with a number of other companies — in August 2009 for offering unlicensed song lyrics.
This week, a federal judge found LiveUniverse in contempt of a preliminary injunction from May, where the company was ordered to remove infringing material.
LiveUniverse must now take down LyricsDownload.com, CompleteAlbumLyrics.com, LyricsAndSongs.com and AllTheLyrics.com within 48 hours, and keep the sites offline until infringing materials is removed and verified by the court.
The company will face sanctions of $100,000 for each website not timely disabled, the NMPA said.
"The Court’s action is consistent with copyright law and precedent, and should serve as a reminder to web operators who attempt to profit from copyrighted works without a license," said NMPA president and CEO David Israelite.
"There is simply no excuse to fail to license music content."
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