May 03, 2008

Project Playlist search engine in RIAA's legal crosshairs

One of The Pirate Bay's key claims to legality is that it's only a search engine and doesn't host any infringing files. Project Playlist, based in California, makes the same claim, but that hasn't prevented nine RIAA member labels from filing a federal lawsuit against the service. "Theft is not innovation," says the complaint, a copy of which was seen by Ars Technica, "and the Internet does not grant a license to steal." And because Project Playlist does appear to exert control over the music it finds, it may have trouble mounting the "we just point to files" defense.

/I'm probably gonna delete my account there. I played with it for a while but never really used it much, so it's no great loss for me.

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