Radio aggregator TuneIn has lost its appeal in a copyright infringement case brought against the company in the UK by Sony Music and Warner Music.

The original ruling, in November 2019, was mixed with the High Court ruling that TuneIn wasn’t infringing with its live streams of radio stations already licensed in the UK, but that it was with streams of those licensed elsewhere in the world.

Now the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has upheld the original verdict, after TuneIn appealed it. Labels are, unsurprisingly, chuffed. “This is a big win for those investing in and creating music, reaffirming that services, like TuneIn, which generate revenues by providing online access to recorded music must be licensed to do so,” said a statement from the IFPI. “Today’s ruling helps to ensure music creators are not deprived of compensation for their work, that TuneIn does not have an unfair competitive advantage in relation to licensed services, honours their legal obligations and respects the need for artists and record labels to receive a fair return on the essential value they provide,” added Sony Music.

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Stuart Dredge

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