CALIFORNIA (CelebrityAccess) – Universal Music Group has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against PokerNews.
The popular poker website, which is owned by iBusMedia, features interviews with top poker players from around the world in addition to covering a wide range of topics appealing to recreational players, is being sued for using uncleared music in its more than 253 podcasts.
Filed at the US District Court of Central California, major labels, including Universal Music Group (UMG) Recordings, Capitol Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music, and PolyGram Publishing, have accused iBusMedia of willful copyright infringement.
According to the lawsuit, “iBusMedia hasn’t obtained authorization or any licenses from the music industry to distribute, adapt, or publicly use copyrighted works.”
UMG has listed a total of 46 copyrighted songs used by iBusMedia and is requesting up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each infringement. If the court rules in UMG’s favor, iBusMedia could end up paying over $6 million.