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Judge Rejects Key Universal Music Argument In Legal Fight With Grooveshark

TechDirt : Two and a half years ago, Universal Music (UMG) sued Grooveshark (or, really, its parent company Escape Media). The case has had a few twists and turns since then, but the judge has issued a ruling (embedded below) that is pretty clear in suggesting that Universal Music's key argument -- the the DMCA does not apply to pre-1972 songs -- was a massive overreach, and the court will not accept it. Separately, the court flat-out rejected UMG's attempts to have Grooveshark's counterclaims of tortious interference dismissed. There's no way to look at this other than a pretty big win for Grooveshark and a big loss for Universal, though the case is far from over.

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