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French Indie Label Group Sues YouTube

PARIS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — French indie rights collection organization SPPF has launched a lawsuit against YouTube, alleging that the video site infringes on copyrights.

Gaul's Societe Civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France (SPPF) filed the suit with the Tribunal de Grand Instance which oversees civil cases, Agence France Presse reported.

In the suit, SPPF contends that YouTube is hosting more than 100 music videos, that had previously been taken down after earlier legal action. In recompense for the alleged copyright infractions, SPPF is looking for approximately $13.5 million in damages and interest.

YouTube parent corp Google responded to the matter by claiming that the SPPF had not enrolled in Youtube's content monitoring service that works to identify and remove or monetize copyrighted content, Billboard reported. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers