Thursday, December 10, 2015

Music Startup Aurous Officially Shuts Down

Image result for aurousFor Aurous, the writing has been on the wall since the beginning. Less than two months since the much-maligned streaming and download service debuted in alpha on Oct. 10, the company has officially shut down and ceased all operations after reaching a settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Bros. Records.
That injunction became permanent today, as Sampson also agreed to transfer all its intellectual property to the majors, effectively preventing Aurous or any similar copycat app to emerge from the wreckage. “Aurous appropriately agreed to shut down,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman in a statement. “We hope this sends a strong signal that unlicensed services cannot expect to build unlawful businesses on the backs of music creators.”
"I implore Congress to amend the statute to reflect the realities of file sharing. There is something wrong with a law that routinely threatens teenagers and students with astronomical penalties for an activity whose implications they may not have fully understood. The injury to the copyright holder may be real, and even substantial, but, under the statute, the record companies do not even have to prove actual damage.
"In the US courts its not about who is right or wrong, people can judge this for themselves, its about how much money can you spend. My only fear is that this lawsuit opens up other websites and services to attack. Aurous operated in the blind, our client just allowed people to utilize the API’s of 3rd party websites (YouTube, Soundcloud), even then look where we ended up."

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