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The Mega Song. Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive) Getty Kanye West In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing service.

Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)

However, the lawsuit is not quite over just yet. On Friday, Megaupload's lawyers filed a notice in California federal court to dismiss the claims against UMG without prejudice, but also told the judge that that the claims against anonymous John Does who participated in the takedown of the viral video continues. Megaupload also wants to pursue further discovery in the case and is attempting to get Google to cooperate on this front by preserving records. PHOTOS: Hollywood's Memorable Mea Culpas A lawsuit that was strange from the very beginning has just taken another twist. Soon thereafter, just as the video was going viral, the music video was yanked off of YouTube over an apparent takedown notice. E-mail: eriqgardner@yahoo.com. MegaUpload soutenu par Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg et d'autres artistes.

Confrontés au piratage, les ayants droit ont désigné un certain nombre de sites web à abattre en priorité.

MegaUpload soutenu par Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg et d'autres artistes

C'est le cas de MegaUpload, un service d'hébergement de fichiers en un clic lancé en 2005. L'entreprise est en effet accusée de ne pas prendre de mesures suffisamment fortes contre le téléchargement illicite, afin d'attirer toujours plus d'internautes prêts à payer quelques euros pour télécharger plus rapidement des œuvres. C'est ainsi que MegaUpload s'est retrouvé dans le collimateur de la MPAA et de la RIAA. Les deux associations américaines, chargées respectivement de défendre les intérêts de l'industrie du cinéma et du disque, ont placé depuis longtemps l'hébergeur sur liste noire, à côté de sites comme The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, BT Junkie, FileSonic ou encore 4Shared. En visant MegaUpload, la MPAA et la RIAA estiment rendre le meilleur service aux artistes. Universal music files fraudulent copyright complaints with YouTube, censors pro-Megaupload song.

Yesterday, I blogged about the tribute raised to Megaupload by several famous recording artists, who objected to their labels' campaign against the service.

Universal music files fraudulent copyright complaints with YouTube, censors pro-Megaupload song

Overnight, Universal Music filed a series of fraudulent copyright complaints against the song, prompting YouTube to repeatedly remove it, and to threaten to terminate the Megaupload YouTube account for incurring multiple piracy complaints. Either Universal has done this deliberately, to stifle debate over its policies using false copyright complaints, in which case it would be social suicide for America to pass SOPA and give Universal the power to shut down any website with a fake copyright complaint. Or perhaps Universal did this through blundering, inexcusable incompetence, a total inability to distinguish between the music it owns and the music everyone else owns. In which case it would be social suicide for America to pass SOPA and give Universal the power to shut down any website with a sloppy, erroneous copyright complaint. Universal fait censurer la chanson de MegaUpload. Universal Music se croit-il tout permis ?

Universal fait censurer la chanson de MegaUpload

Vendredi, nous rapportions que le site d'hébergement de fichiers MegaUpload a obtenu le soutien d'artistes célèbres comme Puff Daddy, Will.I.Am, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown ou encore Kanye West. Megaupload Says It Will Sue Universal Music Over Removal of Controversial Video. Getty Images.

Megaupload Says It Will Sue Universal Music Over Removal of Controversial Video

UMG claims "right to block or remove" YouTube videos it doesn't own. Universal Music Group has responded to Megaupload's request for a temporary restraining order barring the music giant from further interference with the distribution of its "Mega Song.

UMG claims "right to block or remove" YouTube videos it doesn't own

" UMG insists that it had a right to take down the video—not under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as Megaupload had assumed, but under a private contractual arrangement between UMG and YouTube. UMG's filing raises more questions than it answers. Most obviously, the firm has not explained why it took down the video in the first place.

But the filing also raises deeper questions about UMG's effort to essentially opt out of the DMCA takedown rules. Universal Says It Can’t Be Sued for Bogus Megaupload Video Takedown. (This story was updated at 2:15 p.m.

Universal Says It Can’t Be Sued for Bogus Megaupload Video Takedown

EST Friday with YouTube’s response) Universal Music acknowledged late Thursday that it was responsible for taking down from YouTube the infamous Megaupload video in which pop stars — from Mary J. Blige to Kanye West and others — sing the praises of the notorious file-sharing service. MegaUpload : Universal n'a pas suivi la loi mais un contrat avec YouTube. L'affaire MegaUpload contre Universal Music devient révélatrice du danger démocratique que représentent les accords contractuels passés entre des ayants droit et des plateformes privées qui servent de réceptacle à la liberté d'expression des internautes.

MegaUpload : Universal n'a pas suivi la loi mais un contrat avec YouTube

Jeudi, la plus grande maison de disques du monde a en effet expliqué au tribunal qu'il avait le droit de faire retirer la chanson promotionnelle de MegaUpload, non pas sur la base du Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA, l'équivalent américain de notre LCEN), mais sur la base d'un accord contractuel passé avec YouTube. Megaupload, Universal and the DMCA-less Mega Song Takedown. Last week, Megaupload’s Mega Song was on its way to becoming a viral hit, only to be removed from YouTube by a Universal Music takedown demand.

Megaupload, Universal and the DMCA-less Mega Song Takedown

Following the filing of a Megaupload lawsuit the song is now back online, but Universal are standing firm. The label says that they have a private arrangement with YouTube that falls outside of the DMCA, and that essentially they can take down any content they like, whether they own the copyrights or not. Ben Jones takes a closer look at the mechanics. When something is flagged by YouTube’s Content ID the copyright claimant has to decide what will happen to the video.

The video can be monetized with ads, the video can be restricted from view in any or all countries, or nothing is done so the video can be used as a popularity measurement. In situations like these a marker is shown on the video manager of the uploader, alerting them to a copyright claim with details of who and what the claim is. This is as far as UMG says things have gone. YouTube Says Universal Had No ‘Right’ to Take Down Megaupload Video. YouTube said Friday that Universal Music abused the video-sharing site’s piracy filters when it employed them to take down a controversial video of celebrities and pop superstars singing and praising the notorious file-sharing service Megaupload.

YouTube Says Universal Had No ‘Right’ to Take Down Megaupload Video

YouTube’s copyright filters removed the all-star video, which features Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am and others, on Dec. 9. Google reinstated the four-minute spot Wednesday. “Our partners do not have the right to take down videos from YT unless they own the rights to them or they are live performances controlled through exclusive agreements with their artists, which is why we reinstated it,” Google-owned YouTube said. Megaupload produced the video for $3 million, and says it has waivers from all the celebrities. Megaupload to Universal: You’ve Got Some Explaining To Do. In their 18-page response filing at the US District Court for Northern Californian earlier this month, not once did Universal Music say why they forced YouTube to remove Megaupload’s Mega Song.

Since that's what the dispute between the two companies is all about, that was a pretty strange event. In a new filing, Megaupload makes it clear that it isn't going to be brushed aside. The cyberlocker wants answers, and it will dig deep to get them.