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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MP3 Download Site is Sued over Piracy

MP3 Download Site is Sued over Piracy

MP3 Download Site is Sued over Piracy

Added: Friday, May 1st, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
A number of the largest music studios (Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Bros. Records) have launched a lawsuit against the popular MP3 download website MP3Skull, accusing its owners of copyright violation and demanding millions of dollars in damages.

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The coalition of music studios has filed a lawsuit against the unauthorized MP3 download site, which is currently operating from the Tonga-based .to domain name. The record labels claim that MP3Skull is a business designed and operated to promote copyright violation on a mass scale. They also insist that the site operators derive substantial revenue from running the service.

MP3Skull has been operating for a few years now. It only hosts links to popular music tracks located elsewhere around the web, free of charge. It is not clear who runs the website at the moment, but the music groups revealed that the Russian Monica Vasilenko was previously listed in the site’s Whois information.

Apart from providing a huge database of links to music works, the copyright owners also accuse the website’s operators of actively promoting piracy via social media, because the service was noticed helping Internet users find unauthorized tracks after a takedown notice purge. It turned out that the official Twitter and Facebook pages of the MP3 downloading website contained a number of its communications that openly encouraged Internet users to download obviously infringing files, links to which were previously removed as a result of takedown requests from rights holders.

Thanks to offering such workarounds, MP3Skull has gathered a broad audience of millions of users, thus causing significant damages to the record labels. The complaint filed by the music groups lists over 100 popular tracks that now can be freely accessed on MP3Skull. As a result, the site operators face more than $15 million in statutory damages.

Taking into account the anonymous nature of the website’s operators, the broad preliminary injunction demanded by the music groups is perhaps more important. The suggested measures will prevent domain registrars, hosting companies, advertisers and other entities from doing business with MP3Skull. If the court decides to grant the injunction, the MP3Skull operators will find it difficult to keep the service afloat in its current form.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Friday, May 1st, 2015



Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2015-05-03 01:23:32)
No avatarMaybe the Russian Government will turn a blind eye for awhile considering what the west is doing financially.

2
posted by (2015-05-03 17:53:39)
OnyxSoul avatarScrew Sony,Warner and the like! For years and years they had no problems getting fat by hugely overpricing their music, vinyls first, then cd´s...
They deserve to be pirated!!



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