We reported earlier this month on the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by US labels against Russian stream-ripping site FLVTO. Now the RIAA is launching an appeal against the decision, which was based on whether a US court had jurisdiction over the site.
“The court got it wrong. Its decision represents a big step backward in the protection of American culture and the creators that fuel it. We look forward to laying out our arguments in the weeks ahead,” RIAA spokesperson Cara Duckworth told Billboard. With FLVTO geo-targeting ads to US users, labels are hopeful that the merits of the case going ahead in the US will win through.
There’s more positive stream-ripping news for labels in Europe though: a German court has ruled that stream-ripping site ZeeZee is illegal, and cannot benefit from a ‘private exception’ for users to download tracks that are played on online-radio streams. The ruling in the long-running case was welcomed by industry body BVMI. “Another clear signal from a German court: Anyone wishing to derive personal gain from another’s content by hiding behind the private copy rule must be prepared to be unmasked and suffer the legal consequences…”