More proof of the convoluted online licensing market comes in the form of a lawsuit from Music Copyright Solutions, which administers copyrights for more than 45,000 compositions. It’s taking Microsoft, Yahoo and RealNetworks to court for copyright infringement, saying the companies didn’t correctly license the rights to more than 200 compositions for their Zune Marketplace, Yahoo Music and Rhapsody services respectively. And here’s the thing: MCS wants damages of $150,000 per violation – which due to multiple uses of the songs, could add up to tens of billions of dollars for each defendant.

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