US Record Company Sues Vietnam Site for Copyright

January 28, 2014 – In The News
The Associated Press

Ryan Becker was quoted in The Associated Press article "US Record Company Sues Vietnam Site for Copyright." While the full text can be found in the January 28, 2014, issue of The Associated Press, a synopsis is noted below.

A U.S. record company has filed a suit against the U.S. venture capital firm that invested in a Vietnamese entertainment portal, which the record company alleges made its songs available for free download.

The record company alleges that the Vietnamese site made 3,000 of its songs available on its website, which offers free downloads as a way to drive traffic and generate revenue through advertisements.

"Just because you can fund it, it doesn't mean you escape the consequences of an infringing business," said Ryan Becker, an attorney representing the plaintiff.

The suit is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement on the site, which could mean a maximum of 3,000 times that amount if a judge rules in the record company’s favor.

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