31 Japanese record labels have filed a collective lawsuit against local firm MusicGate, focused on its Tubefire website. The labels are demanding 230 million Yen (around $3 million) in damages from the company, whose site enables people to download music videos from YouTube. According to the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), Tubefire attracts more than 2.2 million visitors a month, having been launched in 2007. Their lawsuit claims that the site “promotes users’ illegal actions and hampers the growth of the music distribution business” according to Japanese news site Yomiuri. The RIAJ is claiming that music videos were illegally reproduced around 10,000 times between May and June this year, which is the formula used for the demanded damages. Source: Yomiuri

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