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[News] Universal Music Group -- Not MAFIAA -- Directly Sues Competitor Out of Existence

  • Subject: [News] Universal Music Group -- Not MAFIAA -- Directly Sues Competitor Out of Existence
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:32:31 +0000
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Veoh Closing Down, UMG Lawsuit Blamed 

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| Online video sharing site Veoh is going out 
| of business. The AllThingsD blog says it cut 
| the entire staff yesterday and a bankruptcy 
| filing is expected soon. 
| [...]
| "Veoh is dead. Universal Music lawsuit was 
| the main killer. Veoh won resoundingly but 
| was mortally wounded by the senseless suit."


Video Site Veoh Files For Bankruptcy

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| Dmitry Shapiro, CEO and founder of Veoh, 
| said part of the company's problems were due 
| to a costly legal battle with Universal 
| Music Group over copyright infringement and 
| the challenging economic environment.


Veoh Shuts Down; What Happens To The Lawsuit?

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| Veoh basically won big in the lawsuit. Time 
| and time again, every trick that Universal 
| Music tried -- including suing Veoh's 
| investors directly, was rejected by the 
| judge, and the final ruling late last year 
| was that Veoh abided by the DMCA and was 
| protected by its safe harbors from Universal 
| Music's lawsuit. It was a complete victory. 


Warner Music Shoots Self In Head; Says No More Free Streaming

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| You don't compete with "free" by taking your 
| ball and going home. You don't compete with 
| "free" by pretending that old artificial 
| scarcities are coming back after the wall 
| has been broken down. You don't compete with 
| "free" by suing customers. You don't compete 
| with "free" by shunning those who have 
| business models that work. You compete with 
| free by offering a better product and a 
| better business model. WMG is choosing to go 
| in the other direction.



Is Intellectual Ventures revving up its lawsuit machine? Will we know when it does?

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| Today's Recorder has a story revealing that patent-holding giant Intellectual Ventures
| appears to be connected to a patent lawsuit recently filed in Chicago against Kodak and
| CDW Corp. Picture Frame Innovations, LLC v. Eastman Kodak Company et al., 09-cv-04888,
| N.D. Illinois. Intellectual Ventures was founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold
| (pictured at right).
| The Recorder reports that patent number 7,107,605, covering a digital picture frame, was
| originally filed by a small software company, but ended up being asserted by a small
| patent-holding company, Ez4media.

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