Universal Music Group has become the first major label to sign up for ad-supported download site FreeAllMusic, showing it hasn’t been put off the idea by previous failures like SpiralFrog. The service is currently in private beta, and will let users download five free downloads a week, watching video advertisements for the right to do so. Brands already on board include Coca-Cola, Warner Bros, Zappos, Lionsgate and LG. However, as the news was announced, it also emerged that UMG has filed a lawsuit against streaming music firm Grooveshark, claiming it’s hosting illegal copies of songs from UMG’s pre-1972 catalogue, including The Jackson Five, Buddy Holly and The Who. UMG says Grooveshark has not signed the necessary licensing agreements, nor has it responded to demands to implement copyright filtering software. Source: TechCrunch Source: CNET
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