Jenner & Block

Firm Wins Victory for Major Record Companies in Infringement Dispute

Jenner & Block won a victory for its major record company clients when a New York federal judge ordered the operators of a counterfeit online music service to pay $13.35 million to ten record companies for willfully infringing 89 copyrighted sound recordings and an additional $4.4 million to UMG Recordings Inc. for willful trademark counterfeiting and cybersquatting.  The defendants had launched an online service that falsely purported to be a resurrection of the once notorious “Grooveshark” music service, which the firm, on behalf of the record companies, had previously succeeded in shutting down.  The counterfeit service, which launched only days after the real Grooveshark had shut down, operated under several domain names, including “grooveshark.io” and “grooveshark.pw.”  Within less than a week, the record companies – which included UMG, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group – filed their complaint and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against the site’s operators.  On December 11, the court entered a default judgment permanently enjoining the defendants and ordering them to surrender all of their “grooveshark” domain names and to pay a total of $17.75 million in damages to the record companies.  The team representing the record companies included Partners Andrew H. Bart, Kenneth L. Doroshow, and Gianni P. Servodidio and Associates Alison I. Stein and Lindsay W. Bowen, with additional assistance from Associate Thomas D. Garza.  News of the judgment was reported in Law360.