TuneIn Responds To Legal Battle With Sony, WMG
TuneIn is pushing back against claims by Sony and BMG of a clean win last week in a UK court case against the online broadcast aggregator. In a statement, TuneIn CEO Juliette Morris says the court actually found in favor of TuneIn on the most important claim, “confirming that music radio stations licensed in the U.K. can be made available through the TuneIn service to TuneIn’s U.K. users.”
“Today in the U.K., a judgment was announced in a lawsuit involving TuneIn, the leading directory service identifying freely available audio content on the Internet, and Sony Music and Warner Music regarding the availability of music radio stations to TuneIn users in the U.K. The U.K. Court found in favor of TuneIn on the most important claim, confirming that music radio stations licensed in the U.K. can be made available through the TuneIn service to TuneIn’s U.K. users.
While we continue to evaluate the ruling and consider all options, including appeal, we believe the judgment will have very little impact on the company’s revenue and ongoing growth strategies. We won on the most important element of the case, which was the right to provide U.K. users with access to U.K.-authorized radio stations. TuneIn is committed to complying with all applicable laws in the countries we serve and will continue to defend the right to operate a directory service providing listeners access to content freely available on the Internet.”
– Juliette Morris, CEO, TuneIn