Project Playlist puts legal troubles behind it
Struggling music start-up settles legal dispute with top music labels and can now offer music from three of the four biggest ones.
Two of the largest recording companies have withdrawn a copyright lawsuit against music service Playlist.com, formerly known as Project Playlist.
The fledgling music service has reached a settlement with Universal Music Group, the largest of the four top recording companies, after the sides negotiated a business arrangement. Terms of the agreement were not released. Warner Music Group has also agreed to, but whether Warner will allow the service to offer its music is unclear.
"While it was unfortunate that legal action was necessary, we are pleased to have resolved this litigation in an amicable manner," a Universal spokesman said in a statement. Representatives of Playlist were not immediately available for comment.
In 2008, Playlist was accused in the lawsuit of facilitating piracy by helping users find unauthorized music files. The complaint was filed by Universal, Warner, and EMI. However, EMI eventuallywith Playlist.
Playlist.com is turning out to be scrappy little start-up. It absorbed a high-profile, embarrassing defection when former Facebook execbecame CEO and then left just a few months later . Playlist's financial situation is unclear, but music industry sources told CNET in March that the company had about investing. It's not known whether anything came of the talks.
The settlement with Universal means that Playlist.com will be able to offer music from three of the top four largest music labels: Universal, Sony Music Entertainment, and EMI.
Update at 5:40 a.m. PDT May 12: Added information about Warner Music Group's decision to drop its lawsuit against Playlist.com.