Project Playlist, the operator of a site that lets users create playlists from streaming songs available online, has settled copyright infringement lawsuits with major record labels Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, CNET News.com has reported. The labels had been unhappy with the fact that Playlist.com let users aggregate streaming songs from unauthorized as well as licensed sources. “While it was unfortunate that legal action was necessary, we are pleased to have resolved this litigation in an amicable manner,” a Universal spokesman told CNET. The site already has deals in place with Sony Music and EMI. EMI also had sued but eventually settled with Project Playlist. In other news, Usenet newsgroup index site Newzbin, which the U.K. High Court in February found liable for copyright infringement, shut itself down on Wednesday, TorrentFreak has reported.
Newzbin created a format for Usenet, called .NZB, which facilitated the downloading of copyrighted materials found amid the postings of newsgroup users. The Motion Picture Association filed suit in early 2009, and recently the U.K. court ruled against Newzbin and ordered the site to pay the MPA’s legal costs. http://filesharingz.com/