October 08, 2014

Jenner & Block secured an important victory for its clients UMG Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group on September 29, 2014, when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted their motion for summary judgment and found Defendants Escape Media Group, Inc. and its co-founders liable for copyright infringement for directing the employees of the company to upload copyrighted sound recordings to the Grooveshark music service.

The Complaint asserted copyright infringement claims against Escape and its founders for engaging in a massive campaign of corporate copyright infringement by requiring all employees to upload infringing sound recordings to Grooveshark in order to attract users to the service.   In addition to finding the company liable for copyright infringement arising from this conduct, Judge Thomas P. Griesa found Grooveshark’s founders, Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, liable for personally uploading copyrighted songs to Grooveshark as well as for their role in directing the infringement by their employees.  Grooveshark was also sanctioned for destroying evidence, including source code and data reflecting the uploading of files by Escape employees.

The team representing the record companies included Partners Andrew H. Bart and Gianni P. Servodidio and Associates Lindsay W. Bowen and Ava U. McAlpin.

Coverage on the rulings can be found in Reuters and Law360 (subscription may be required).