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EMI sues ReDigi

By | Published on Monday 9 January 2012


No surprise here really. Used MP3 marketplace ReDigi has received its first major label lawsuit, according to C-Net. And it’s EMI leading the charge on this one.

As previously reported, ReDigi enables people to resell their MP3s. The US-based tech company claims its technology can verify whether the MP3 being sold is legit, and will then wipe it from the seller’s PC once it has been sold. The company also says that its service is simply a digital version of a CD resale website, and that the clause in US copyright law that allows the resale of CDs should also apply to digital. A similar service launched a few years back, called Bopaboo, quickly disappeared after complaints from copyright owners, but ReDigi insists that US copyright law is on its side.

Needless to say, the Recording Industry Association Of America does not concur, and last November the body issued a cease and desist letter to ReDigi. However the tech firm, having raised half a million in investment last summer, isn’t in the mood to do any ceasing or desisting, hence EMI’s lawsuit, reportedly filed with the New York courts on Friday. Needless to say, ReDigi plans to fight the litigation, telling Billboard: “It’s a meritless case and we will fight it vigorously”.