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Tuesday 26 September 2017

US supreme court will not hear appeal over Vimeo music ruling

The unauthorised recordings included songs by The Beatles and Elvis
The unauthorised recordings included songs by The Beatles and Elvis

The US supreme court will not hear an appeal from record companies which want to pursue copyright infringement claims against music site Vimeo for hosting unauthorised recordings from The Beatles, Elvis Presley and other classic artists.

The court left in place a federal appeals court ruling which said websites are protected from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Capital Records and other music companies sued Vimeo for violating copyright laws based on 199 videos uploaded by users.

A federal judge ruled a federal "safe harbour" law did not cover pre-1972 recordings which are protected by state law.

But a New York federal appeals court overturned that ruling, saying service providers would incur heavy costs to monitor every posting or risk "crushing liabilities" under state law.

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