Online radio hosting platform Radionomy is being sued in the United States for copyright infringement and facilitating the piracy of it’s services’ users. Radionomy the well known online internet radio hosting platform also owns Winamp and Shoutcast which it acquired not long ago from AOL in 2014 in a suprise move after the company announced surprise plans to shutter both services. And although Winamp’s prevalence has long since faded Shoutcast is by far the market share leading radio server software on the internet today.
The suit which was filed in California federal court recently by Arista Records, LaFace Records, Sony Music Entertainment and Zomba Recording reads as follows.
Defendants operate an online music service through which users can listen to music stations, or create stations, that Defendants stream to listeners worldwide. To program music stations on Defendants’ service, users can upload music from their own collection or use music from Defendants’ library of popular music and podcasts.
A full transcript of the suit is available here.
Radionomy currently boasts upwards of 50,000 broadcasters and 850,000 listeners at peak times. And makes a library of content available to its hosted service users although they’re also free to upload any other music they choose.
Along with listing a long list of artists and tracks which have been infringed upon the plaintiff’s suit goes on to state…
On January 12, 2016 a station on Defendants’ service, named ‘One Direction The Radio,’ played the recordings ‘Nobody Compares’ and ‘Something Great’ by One Direction, both of which are Plaintiffs’ owned or exclusively licensed copyrighted works one of the examples reads.
Defendants encourage users to include popular copyrighted recordings in programmed stations by offering to ‘reward’ users with cash payments if they create a station that reaches a large audience and threatening to deactivate users that fail to reach ‘minimum audience’ requirements.
It appears Radionomy’s web site went dark for several hour at roughly the time of the announcement however the company attributed the problem to a power outage.
Radionomy is a free global service that allows users to create their own radio online. The platform provides its members with the tools to distribute, promote and monetize their radio free.
The company, founded in September 2007 has been set up by four Belgian entrepreneurs: Alexandre Saboundjian Gilles Bindels, Cedric van Kan and Yves Baudechon. It was launched to the public on April 2008.
On 17 December 2015, Vivendi acquired a 64.4% majority stake in Radionomy. Its shareholders including its employees and U.S.-based investment company Union Square Ventures, retained its stake in the company.