Universal Music Group’s recently filed lawsuit against MySpace.com has been generating some Internet speculation about the underlying reasons prompting the behemoth music publisher to go after the social-networking site.
Bloggers, analysts, and intellectual property attorneys have noted that Universal might have motives beyond quashing piracy, especially because MySpace has been insisting that it is following proper copyright procedures.
"Universal’s beef isn’t about piracy," said IDC analyst John Gantz. "Part of this is because bands can potentially make a living without signing up with a record label. So any kind of sand in the gears to delay that is in Universal’s best interest."
The outcome of the case could set a major precedent for a battle between content producers and social-networking sites, and also spark new discussions about the level of liability such sites might have when users swap content.