Thursday, January 24, 2008

Seeqpod Next Target for the Major's Legal Machine?

Looks like WMG (or their legal department at least) is now targeting Seeqpod. Who wants to bet the next announcement we see is that Seeqpod is moving to an ad rev-share model with the major labels.

Warner Music Lawyers Roll Again, Seeqpod Latest Target — Digital Music News: "Warner Music Lawyers Roll Again, Seeqpod Latest Target

Warner Music Group is now directing its legal guns at Seeqpod (, a media-focused search service. The Seeqpod engine resembles larger and more established players like Google, though it focuses on playable media results. That includes a heavy amount of music, and Seeqpod allows users to access and stream millions of songs on-demand through an integrated player.

That eventually grabbed the attention of Warner, which first filed against the engine last week. The label claims that Seeqpod is illegally allowing access to its music by accessing servers worldwide. But Seeqpod notes that it hosts none of the content in question, and therefore enjoys protection under Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Elsewhere, Google also indexes web-hosted MP3s, and search engines represent a growing method for music acquisition."

It was my understanding that search engines were protected (per the story above), but for a little company like Seeqpod it's probably a lot less painful to cut a deal than fight. Thoughts?


Anonymous said...

this was never going to last

J Chris A said...

The language of the Warner complaint is especially disturbing. They refer to online music as "overwhelmingly copyrighted." This effort to portray any online music index as the work of pirates is insulting to those of us who create and record our own music. The major labels are scared of the web, not because of piracy, but because they can see themselves becoming irrelevant for all the new bands coming up. Who would sign with a major when you can spread your music for free and get 90% royalties from online sales?

At we're tackling the problem of the major labels poisoning the water by filtering their content. Our filters aren't perfect yet, but we are putting a lot of energy into identifying music owned by RIAA-members. Songs flagged as unsafe are left out of most of the experience. We believe in the long run, labels will either learn to play nice with the web, or become irrelevant. In the mean time, we provide a free-range mp3 search service for independent and hard-to-find music.