Warner Sues Seeqpod

January 25th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Warner Brothers is suing music search engine Seeqpod for profiting from "mass infringement."

According to the court document of the suit, "SeeqPod directly infringes Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works, including by making on-demand and unauthorized digital public performances of those works. SeeqPod secondarily infringes Plaintiffs’ copyrights under the well-established doctrines of contributory, vicarious and inducement liability."

Furthermore, Warner Bros. is charging, "SeeqPod searches for a particular type of content-music-that SeeqPod knows is overwhelmingly copyrighted. With simple clicks of a computer mouse, SeeqPod will play the work without authorization and will embed the link on social networking sites, like MySpace and Facebook, where the entire cycle of willful copyright infringement is repeated without end."


However, Seeqpod remains adamant on their site claiming that they are completely legal since first of all they are simply a search engine. Moreover they are also protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and they do not host any material.

Last year, Warner also sued Imeem for similar reasons and eventually ended up partnering.