U.S. News | Freeplay Music Sues Ford Motor for Copyright Infringement

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New York-based music online library, Freeplay has filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Eastern District Court against a Dearborn automaker, Ford Motor Co. for copyright infringement over the use of the plaintiff’s digital music catalog without a license.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant used 54 of FPM copyright protected songs in at least 74 promotional and video advertisements for a number of years without paying FPM for the right to use them.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff reportedly said that FPM tracked down instances of copyright infringement using Schreer’s software platform, TuneSat, which found Ford had used FPM’s copyrighted works in at least 74 different videos and ads.

The plaintiff reportedly said that TuneSat notified Ford of its unauthorized use of FPM’s work starting in April 2017. Ford was unable to provide proof of licensing but continued to use the songs without permission.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the copyright infringement action is willful and had caused lots of damages, loss of profits and licensing fees estimated to be at least $8.1 million,

FPM is seeking jury, an award of attorneys’ fees and costs, interest, and a permanent injunction prohibiting future infringement, reproduction, distribution, sale, public performance, other use, or exploitation of FPM’s registered works.

FPM is also seeking $150,000 as payment for damages allowed for willful copyright infringement under the Copyright Act.

The case is pending.

Freeplay Music LLC v. Ford Motor Company

Judge:Stephen J Murphy, III
Court:Michigan Eastern District Court
Case #:2:20-cv-10948
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:April 16, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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