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Labels AND TuneIn can appeal UK High Court’s copyright decision


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In early November, the UK’s High Court delivered a ruling in a copyright lawsuit involving major labels and radio-aggregator TuneIn which saw both sides claim victory. As we reported at the time, on one issue in the lawsuit the ruling went labels’ way, but on another it went TuneIn’s way.

A month on, perhaps it should come as no surprise that both sides may be appealing. TuneIn announced this in a blog post: “In the dispute between Sony Music / Warner Music and TuneIn, the U.K. High Court has decided today to allow both parties to appeal the decision it handed down on November 1, 2019,” it claimed, before adding its own spin on this news. “Although Sony and Warner sought to portray last month’s decision as a decisive win for them, the fact that both parties have sought to appeal the decision tells a different story.”

TuneIn specified that what it’s appealing is the ruling that it cannot provide “access to links to foreign music stations” in the UK without infringing copyright. Sony and WMG, we’ll surmise, will be appealing the part of the ruling allowing TuneIn to continue offering British stations in the UK.

If you want a deeper dive into the implications, take a look at law firm Reed Smith’s briefing on the case, which was published in mid-November.

Stuart Dredge

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