All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Imeem’
What a week for Imeem. Yesterday, it introduced an Android application to rave reviews. Today, its site became home to the new Guns N’ Roses single. Unfortunately, between those two developments, word spread that about 25 percent of the company’s employees were laid off, and rumor has it that Imeem is up for sale, as well.
Unlike the iPhone, Google’s Android operating system hasn’t seemed to burst onto the scene with ten marching bands in tow. The "little bit here, little bit there" approach looks to be working pretty well, however, as MySpace and Imeem have announced a couple of new applications.
Warner Bros. is suing music search engine SeeqPod accusing the company of profiting from "mass infringement" on its site.
In a complaint filed in California District Court, Warners alleges "SeeqPod directly infringes Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works, including by making on-demand and unauthorized digital public performances of those works. SeeqPod secondarily infringes Plaintiffs’ copyrights under the well-established doctrines of contributory, vicarious and inducement liability."
The music industry has had a lot of shakeups recently, and here’s yet another. Social media community imeem has signed a licensing deal with Universal Music group, the largest music label in the music industry. Now you can listen to Universal’s streaming music and watch videos free.
Rather than make money on the music, they show ads and split ad revenues. This isn’t a new model, of course and I wonder what the artists make from it.
The “first and only”s we hear about often aren’t worth mentioning; some piddly little company makes a piddly little announcement every other day. But thanks to a new deal with Universal Music Group, Imeem is able to use the phrase in a way that tends towards the important and large side of things.
Two months ago, Warner Music Group (WMG) filed suit against Imeem for copyright infringement. Now the suit has been dropped, and – get this – the two companies have announced a strategic partnership through which “WMG’s world-class catalog of popular audio and video content will be made available . . . for interactive, on-demand streaming on imeem’s free, ad-supported service.”
Did you hear that Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame) is going to teach schoolchildren music? Well, Warner Music Group (which represents the Chili Peppers) is going to teach Imeem a lesson – it’s suing the social networking site for copyright infringement.