MP3.com Inc. founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Robertson resumed the stand Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court to defend his company against willful copyright accusations made by Universal Music Group.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled previously that MP3.com violated copyright with its My.MP3.com service. The service allowed users to access music online once they "proved" they owned particular CDs by registering it over the Internet.
The question for the court is whether MP3.com knew that the My.MP3.com service infringed on music company copyrights, but continued to allow access to music. MP3.com faces penalties ranging from hundreds of millions to perhaps billions of dollars if it is found to have intentionally infringed on copyrights.
MP3.com has settled with four of the original five music labels involved in the lawsuit: Sony Corp.'s Sony Music Entertainment, Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. music group, Bertelsmann AG's BMG label and EMI Group Plc.
MP3.com, based in San Diego, California, can be reached at +1-858-623-7000 or at http://www.MP3.com/.