Record labels join movie studios in suing Megaupload, Kim Dotcom

By Kyle Johnson,

Movie studios banded together to sue Kim Dotcom and his defunct file-sharing website Megaupload, and now record labels are joining as well.

Earlier in the week, movie studios, such as Universal, Warner Bros. and Disney, filed a lawsuit against Dotcom and his former website. The studios specifically pointed out 30 titles that they alleged were available for download on Megaupload.

Senior executive vice president and global general counsel Steven Fabrizio said that copyright owners probably lost out on about $500 million in profits due to the website. The lawsuit asked for damages on top of $150,000 for each of the 30 films.

Now the RIAA and record labels want in on suing Dotcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The labels involved are Warner Music, Sony Music, Universal Music and Capital Records.

The legal complaint alleges that the defendants, including Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram Van Der Kolk, had "an active role in ensuring that it had the most popular content on its servers, that the URL links to those infringing content files were widely disseminated on the Internet and that the links were advertised and promoted by pirate linking sites."

Like the movie studios' lawsuit, this lawsuit picks out specific works, 87 in all, that Dotcom and company allegedly had available for download. The lawsuit says the studios want damages and Megaupload's profits.

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