Streaming radio service TuneIn has lost a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in 2017 by Warner Music Group ad Sony Music Entertainment.
As reported by Bloomberg, a judgement passed today (November 1) by Judge Colin Birss in London said that the digital music platform breached the companies copyright.
The company was sued by the two majors for lacking a license for its subscribers to listen to music in the UK, played by radio stations outside the country
San Francisco-based TuneIn is a free digital radio service which offers its listeners music, sport, news, podcast and audiobook content.
One of the elements called into question during proceedings was the TuneIn Pro app’s record feature, which Birss reportedly said enables the app to function as “download on demand service”.
Bloomberg reports that the pro app had 150,000 users in the UK in January 2019.
A legal document seen by one MBW source back in 2017 suggested that the majors submitted evidence which they claimed showed a sample of 800 unlicensed TuneIn music streams in the UK.
TuneIn hit music industry headlines in 2017 after hiring former SoundCloud exec Holly Lim as Chief Financial Officer.
Last year the company was exploring a possible sale after enlisting global investment firm Liontree Advisors to help it explore strategic options.Music Business Worldwide