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A number of new copyright owners have joined the class action brought by The UK’s Football Association Premier League and Bourne Co against YouTube and owners Google. The US’s  National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and a number of other music groups including Cherry Lane Music Publishing and film music publisher X-Ray Dog Music have joined the lawsuits over copyright infringement. The lawsuit, The Football Association Premier League Limited, et al. v. YouTube, Inc., et al., 07 Civ. 3582 (LLS), is pending before the Honorable Louis L. Stanton in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In addition to the NMPA, renowned investigative journalist Robert Tur has joined along with writer Daniel Quinn, the U.K.’s Rugby Football League, the Finnish Football LeagueAssociation, Knockout Entertainment Limited ( Secondsout.com) and Seminole Warriors Boxing. The action already had the support of other sports and entertainment entities around the world including: the Association of European Professional Leagues (which represents the interests of 25 Member and Associate Member Leagues across Europe and more than 800 affiliated clubs), the French Tennis Federation; the French Professional Football League and Cal IV Entertainment, LLC, the major country music publisher with over 15,000 copyrights. Viacom is currently suing YouTube to the tune of $1B over “massive intentional copyright infringement” and Japanese songwriters/music publishers collection society JASRAC have already taken action to force the removal of 30,000 infringing music tracks.

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