The Recording Industry Association of America is continuing it’s legal claims against mixtape-sharing website Spinrilla. The organization filed it’s copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of major record labels in February of this year. Spinrilla claims that labels were actually keen to have their content included on the site and they even used copyright detection technology at the request of the same labels.
The RIAA now claim that Spinrilla is “inelligble” for the safe harbor clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the law that seeks to protect rights owners from piracy. The safe harbor clause protects certain service providers, like info search sites and others, from liability if users use it to infringe on someone’s copyright.
According to Music Ally,
In a new court filing, the body claims that Spinrilla has not registered a ‘designated agent’ with the US Copyright Office, in order to field infringement notifications from rightsholders. Nor has it adopted and promoted a policy for terminating the accounts of repeat infringers on its service. Read More
The filing states, “Although the failure to meet either requirement would foreclose Defendants’ claim to the safe harbour, Defendants have failed to meet both. Accordingly, Defendants are ineligible for the DMCA’s safe harbor as a matter of law, and Plaintiffs are entitled to summary judgment on Defendants’ DMCA affirmative defence.”
The original suit claimed that it found that over 21,000 copyright infringements were taking place via the Hip-Hop mixtape site including content from Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce. The suit was filed in a Georgia court by the RIAA on behalf of UMG, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Recording Corporation and LaFace Records according to Hollywood Reporter.
The Recording Industry Association of America is infamous for pursuing website/app owners they claim are infringing copyright, most notably in 2000 when they sued the music download app Napster.
The current legal case is ongoing.