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Web music site plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that says the company violated copyrights belonging to Universal Music Group.
U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s ruling awarded UMG $25,000 per CD.
Just how many CD’s were involved is in dispute.
Universal claims infringed copyrights for about 10,000 CDs, while says it’s more like 4,700. UMG asked for $450 million in damages and asked the judge to reduce it to $2.35 million. Judge Rakoff is expected to decide on a final figure in November.
The company’s service is designed to enable consumers to listen online to the CDs they purchase.
The decision comes after had already settled similar disputes with Sony, BMG, Warner and EMI.
Leslie Stimson