Good God, Must It To Come To This? It Must.

(pic) I knew this was coming, but Lord, it sucks. Now our industry is making money, and hitting the big times, it's going to be all about lawyers and posturing, right? From the Journal (not public link, check here): Universal Music Group, the world's largest recorded-music company, sued News…

Goat Rodeo

(pic) I knew this was coming, but Lord, it sucks. Now our industry is making money, and hitting the big times, it’s going to be all about lawyers and posturing, right? From the Journal (not public link, check here):

Universal Music Group, the world’s largest recorded-music company, sued News Corp.’s MySpace for copyright infringement, alleging that the social-networking giant traffics in “user-stolen” content, including music, videos and other material.

At issue is the widespread presence of copyrighted music and video content on MySpace. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for California’s Central District, Vivendi SA’s Universal dismisses the frequently-used label “user-generated content” — alleging that much of the material on MySpace is stolen from copyright holders.

I guess Ross got out of there right before managing this monster turns into one big poo-flinging goat rodeo. Also, filing on a Friday afternoon, right before Thanksgiving…nice…

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

9 thoughts on “Good God, Must It To Come To This? It Must.”

  1. Oh this is just funny… in a sad way. But you know what that means, right? More bylines for journalists reporting on Yahoo/MySpace/Google/YouTube stories! Awesome.

  2. Jeepers, John, regardless of what this post is about, you deserve some sort of award for using the term “poo flinging goat rodeo.” Is that some pop culture reference that I’ve missed out on or just a moment of descriptive brilliance?

  3. bad for google, good for yahoo. wonder if the market will see it this way monday.. and perhaps even moving forward.

    it was only a matter of time till they built their case. seems like a smart business move on Universal’s part. i agree that it was inevitable.

    point – cuban. now tied 1 – 1.

  4. I can’t imagine how this is good news for Yahoo, given that Yahoo runs a video service that could be sued for the same thing MySpace is now being sued for.

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