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Warner, Sony BMG, EMI, Universal Sued for Piracy

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Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal are facing up to $6 billion in damages for piracy.

Sounds a bit weird, right? Record labels, the companies that constantly rally around artists, harping on about everyone working equally hard getting paid their fair share are cheating artists out of money? However, according to a TorrentFreak post, several of the biggest record labels are being sued for pirating a massive 300,000 tracks.

A group of artists in Canada have reportedly grown tired of labels using their songs without permission. According to TF, labels tend to use a lot of songs for the likes of compilation CDs without first asking the artists' and last year a group of artists filed a class-action suit against the CRIA, Canada's equivalent of the RIAA.

TorrentFreak reports that the suit is ongoing but the labels have already admitted to owing at least $50 million for infringing the rights of artists.

Read the full story here.

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    XZaapryca , December 8, 2009 5:31 PM
    Hypocrisy is something we humans will never run short of.
  • 39 Hide
    kyeana , December 8, 2009 5:30 PM
    Wonderful!!
  • 38 Hide
    jacobdrj , December 8, 2009 5:29 PM
    *Jaw drops open*
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  • 38 Hide
    jacobdrj , December 8, 2009 5:29 PM
    *Jaw drops open*
  • 39 Hide
    kyeana , December 8, 2009 5:30 PM
    Wonderful!!
  • 46 Hide
    XZaapryca , December 8, 2009 5:31 PM
    Hypocrisy is something we humans will never run short of.
  • 35 Hide
    twisted politiks , December 8, 2009 5:37 PM
    Love It!
  • 36 Hide
    Kryan , December 8, 2009 5:38 PM
    @XZaapryca....

    you took the words right out of my mouth.
    sheesh...the sheer CHEEK the record labels have to then point fingers at people like that single mom who got bust a while ago for downloading ***ONE*** CD...

    please everyone buy the song Dinosaurs Must Die - NOfX
    very fitting
  • 30 Hide
    Verrin , December 8, 2009 5:41 PM
    Oh, the irony.
  • 11 Hide
    liquidblue , December 8, 2009 5:43 PM
    Get 'er done!
  • 34 Hide
    bill gates is your daddy , December 8, 2009 5:45 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHhhhhhh....ohhh. I think I wet myself.
  • 18 Hide
    joshthor , December 8, 2009 5:46 PM
    hell yeah!!
  • 18 Hide
    Dax corrin , December 8, 2009 5:48 PM
    Time for these big labels to go after some more illegal downloaders so they can cover this liability...
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2009 5:50 PM
    Uh.no. If this were about their customers, then instead of:

    "but the labels have already admitted to owing at least $50 million for infringing the rights of artists"

    they would have said:

    "but the label thieves have already admitted to owing at least $50 million for stealing artists' work".

    It seams Joe sixpack is a "thief" that "steals" while the record companies are "labels" that "infringe".


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    bison88 , December 8, 2009 5:52 PM
    Oh well and here we all thought the Record Labels were the saviors of individuals media rights, oh how the truth hurts when you realize they are nothing more then a devil in disguise.
  • 24 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , December 8, 2009 5:55 PM
    F&%^ING PWNED! Took long enough for someone too do this.
  • 13 Hide
    snurp85 , December 8, 2009 5:58 PM
    Awesome! I wonder how this will affect the piracy suits that the labels themselves have issued.
  • 7 Hide
    omnimodis78 , December 8, 2009 6:01 PM
    jonpaul37... and this surprises you?... Next thing, we'll find out that the mood in fact is NOT made of cheese??? What is this world coming to????

    What? lol!
  • 22 Hide
    mojito_619 , December 8, 2009 6:04 PM
    Take that you Futher Muckers! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
  • 17 Hide
    zak_mckraken , December 8, 2009 6:09 PM
    Canada have Cojones!
  • 4 Hide
    Silmarunya , December 8, 2009 6:14 PM
    Excellent. Let's see... So if we can blow up the pirates and the big record labels, all will be well.
  • 14 Hide
    Parrdacc , December 8, 2009 6:19 PM
    Did Hell just freeze over?
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