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07 December 2009 @ 08:18 am
Those record companies howling about the fact that illegal music sharing/use is costing them millions? Turns out they are guilty of it, too.
Chet Baker was a leading jazz musician in the 1950s, playing trumpet and providing vocals. Baker died in 1988, yet he is about to add a new claim to fame as the lead plaintiff in possibly the largest copyright infringement case in Canadian history. His estate, which still owns the copyright in more than 50 of his works, is part of a massive class-action lawsuit that has been underway for the past year.

The infringer has effectively already admitted owing at least $50 million and the full claim could exceed $60 billion. If the dollars don't shock, the target of the lawsuit undoubtedly will: The defendants in the case are Warner Music Canada, Sony BMG Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, and Universal Music Canada, the four primary members of the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

These numbers may sound outrageous, yet they are based on the same rules that led the recording industry to claim a single file sharer is liable for millions in damages.
Current Music: Slipknot - Disasterpiece
Emil: Hagakuredawningday on December 7th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
May those companies be bent over and not lubed.
Kellykwsapphire on December 9th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
NO, RLYpornrockangel on December 7th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
is that an icon you made?
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on December 8th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Nope, that's not one I did. Just ran across the animated GIF and resized it.
Exhalations into the Ether: Natiradragon_smoke on December 8th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
OMG that is so awesome.