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Just Three Days after Launch, Aurous Faces RIAA Lawsuit for “Blatant” Copyright Infringement
October 14, 2015
Amanda Marie
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Already? Yes, it was that fast, but it was for the most part, predictable. Aurous, the BitTorrent based music app which we previously wrote about, is already feeling the intense heat being put on by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, as well as their subsidiaries. The labels filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida on October 13th, just three days after the app made its public debut.

The day before the lawsuit was filed, Andrew Sampson, the developer of Aurous, did an interview with Billboard, and explained the structure and strategy behind Aurous, also indicating that it’s a misconception to compare Popcorn Time with Aurous. He defends the illegal controversial aspect of the app by saying it uses public APIs to find tracks on services like Soundcloud, YouTube and Spotify do, and that there is no financial benefit to Aurous from use of the app because it is not subscription based nor is there any advertising.

In the complaint filed by the RIAA, it states, "Three days ago, Defendants launched a service that blatantly infringes the Plaintiffs’ copyright s by enabling Internet users to search for, stream, and download pirated copies of Plaintiffs’ sound recordings for immediate listening and later playback.” The Plaintiffs are seeking damages and attorney fees in the lawsuit.

Sampson clearly intends to fight the charges as stated on the Aurous Twitter feed, and he doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the charges as referenced on his personal Twitter feed. Some clear examples on the Aurous feed of the fight ahead are: “Hey @RIAA @UMG and everyone else, we challenge every CEO to an arm wrestling competition, we win you drop your empty suit,” and “Don't worry, we're not going anywhere, empty lawsuits aren't going to stop the innovation of the next best media player,” and in reference to the “profitability” of Aurous, the tweet says, “For anyone curious the @RIAA principle complaint is that we're "profiting", anyone see any ads? We sure don't.”

While the court battle ahead seems inevitable, with Aurous intending to fight the charges, it's unclear right now just how Aurous plans to “financially” fund the fight.

We'll provide future updates as they become available, stay tuned.

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