YouTube Hit With Another Suit

YouTube has found itself the recipient of yet another lawsuit. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Viacom, the English Premier Football League and Paramount Pictures are all suing the video-sharing site, now the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has joined the fray.   The NMPA claims that a number of songwriters aren’t receiving proper compensation whenever their music appears on the site. They’ve joined with several other companies, including Viacom and Nickelodeon, in a combined case that will be heard in New York.   YouTube asserts that it complies with the law by immediately removing any clip that they find in breach of copyright.   David Israelite, chief executive of the NMPA, said that the body had great concerns about YouTube’s approach to copyright.   He stated that the body was joining the combined suit “to protect the interests of music publishers and songwriters, whose creative works are being used without permission or compensation by YouTube.”   The case is pending before the Honorable Louis L. Stanton in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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