Spinrilla is a fairly new media streaming service for independent music. They promote their website as a mixtape distribution platform that allows hip-hop artists to expose themselves to the masses in a convenient place. So far so good, right? Nothing illegal going on there…
..Except when there is.
Apparently someone forgot that giving away copyrighted music for free will eventually get you into some hot water with the good, legit folks that hold those copyrights. As such, The Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuit against the streaming service on Friday, February 3rd.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the following major record labels are on the lawsuit: UMG, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Recording Corporation and LaFace Records.
So Just How Much Copyrighted Material Are They Streaming?
Apparently the RIAA is saying that they’ve discovered more than 21,000 copyrighted sound recordings, so they’re suing Spinrilla for direct and secondary copyright infringement; they want actual or statutory damages as well as an injunction.
Here’s what they have to say about the lawsuit:
“Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free. Fans today have access to millions upon millions of songs from innovative platforms and services that pay creators — this kind of illicit activity has no place in today’s music marketplace.”
Now, before you go taking the side of the little guy (which so many of us are inclined to do), you might want to take a look at this little tidbit found on their website (in a section dedicated to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act): “Spinrilla takes copyright infringement very seriously. In order to provide the best mixtapes and ensure top quality we do not allow infringed upon works to be posted on our website.”
Those words can be found with a template for takedown requests.
What do you think? Should the record companies be going after such a small streaming service? If not, where do you draw the line?