U.S. News | Round Hill Music Files $32M Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against TuneCore

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Round Hill Music has filed a lawsuit in the New York Eastern District Court against a Brooklyn–based independent digital music distribution, publishing, and licensing service firm, TuneCore for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant is using 219 of their sound recordings without authorization or permission.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant entered into agreements with third parties such as Apple iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and other similar download services to distribute the plaintiff songs without a license.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant failed to pay or account to Round Hill the royalties of the 219 musical compositions they reproduced and distributed without a license.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that TuneCore received initial and annual recurring payments and market share from its users to distribute, reproduce, and sell Round Hill Compositions.

The plaintiff also reportedly accused Believe Digital Holdings of distributing the unlicensed songs.

Round Hill is seeking damages of $150,000 for willful copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, and vicarious copyright infringement for each musical composition involved in this action for a maximum of $32.85 million in damages plus costs and attorneys’ fees.

The case is pending.

Round Hill Music, LLC et al v. TuneCore, Inc. et al

Judge: Nicholas G Garaufis
Court: New York Eastern District Court
Case #: 1:20-cv-03466
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: July 31, 2020
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