Warner Music Group Ends Suit Against Site, Partners Instead12 Jul, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey
Warner Music Group Corp. and imeem, a social media network, have partnered up, ending a lawsuit WMG filed against imeem in May.
The agreement makes WMG's catalogue of audio and video content available to imeem users in North America. The service is ad-supported and free to consumers, and claims 16 million active users.
“Music is a central part of the social network experience and a core part of the rich user experience for imeem's rapidly growing community,” said Alex Zubillaga, EVP of digital strategy and development for WMG. “This deal provides an opportunity to unleash the value of music on one of the world's leading social networks by giving fans an environment where they can discover and share new music.”
Dalton Caldwell, founder and CEO of imeem, called the agreement a “significant milestone.”
“We are now able to offer our users an impressive level of free, interactive and ad-supported access to an amazing catalogue of both audio and video from a major record label,” he said.
WMG sued imeem earlier this summer in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claiming the site was allowing its users to share WMG content without permission, and that imeem had done little to prevent the infringement.