On the date of August 12, an interesting piece of news emerged, as reported by the online publication “The Japan Times”. In this development, Sony and several other prominent music labels have taken legal action against the Internet Archive, an organization widely known for its digital library, asserting that the online publication of numerous vintage songs and recordings constitutes a flagrant act of “wholesale theft” of copyrighted music.
In a lawsuit recently lodged with the Manhattan federal court, legal representatives representing the record labels have accused the Internet Archive of brazenly infringing upon and pilfering hundreds of thousands of artistic creations by legendary figures from the twentieth century.
Among the revered artists mentioned in the legal proceedings are the likes of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk, whose invaluable contributions to the world of music are now at the center of this controversy.
Remarkably, the lawsuit highlights a specific selection of 2,749 recordings, among them the iconic Bing Crosby rendition of “White Christmas.” However, this compilation merely serves as a modest representation of the vast number of recordings that the Internet Archive has allegedly released without obtaining the necessary permissions or authorizations.
In their plea to the court, the music labels implore an order demanding the immediate removal and eradication of all suspected infringing recordings.
Additionally, they seek to claim damages amounting to a staggering sum of up to $150,000 for each infringed work, culminating in a jaw-dropping total of $372 million for the recordings listed in the lawsuit.
(Editor’s Note: Approximately 30.796 billion INR or currently about 2.693 billion yuan RMB.)
It is worth noting that the Internet Archive, established in 1996 by Brewster Carley, the founder of Alexa, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving as a digital library. Its mission revolves around the preservation, exploration, and revelation of a vast array of digital texts, videos, and music, accessible through its website.
A noteworthy aspect of its collection is the extensive catalog of over 400,000 records, primarily focused on the preservation, research, and discovery of 78 RPM records.
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