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Ex-MP3tunes chief hit with $41 million copyright verdict


By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes was ordered to pay an estimated $41 million on Wednesday after being found liable for infringing copyrights owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI Group Ltd. Lawyers for Michael Robertson and the EMI companies are expected to take until next Tuesday to figure out exactly how much money was awarded in the complex, lengthy verdict issued by the federal jury in Manhattan. The verdict came a week after the same jury found Robertson and the bankrupt company liable on various copyright infringement claims. Frank Scibilia, a lawyer for the EMI publishing companies, did not respond to a request for comment. Founded in 2005 initially as a website selling independent musicians songs, San Diego-based MP3tunes came to be known for its so-called cloud music service that allowed users to store music in online lockers.

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018



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