Universal suing Veoh

September 5, 2021

Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, said Veoh Networks Inc., the Internet video-site operator backed by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner, infringes its copyrights. “Veoh follows in the ignominious footsteps of other recent mass infringers such as Napster,” Universal said in a complaint filed today in federal court in Los Angeles. “Veoh’s rampant infringement will not stop until Veoh, and those who own, control, and run it, are enjoined and held financially responsible.”

Closely held Veoh, whose financial backers also include Time Warner Inc., operates a Web site that allows users to post videos directly online. Eisner, whose Tornante Co. is an investor, serves on the board of directors. Last month, Veoh sought a court order that it’s not infringing Universal copyrights and that it’s not responsible for illegal postings by users.

Jackie Cavanagh, a spokeswoman for Veoh in New York, didn’t immediately return a call to her office after business hours.

Veoh said in court papers last month that it takes steps to prevent illegal postings, including blocking access or removing content that may be copyrighted by someone else. As a result, Veoh said, it’s exempt from any infringement allegations under a federal law that protects Internet service providers from such claims.

Universal Music is a unit of Vivendi SA. Vivendi shares fell 9 cents to 30.05 euros in Paris.

The case is UMG Recordings v. Veoh Networks Inc., 07-5744, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

[Source: bloomberg]

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