Megaupload is a popular file sharing service that is suing record label company Universal Music Group (UMG). Last week Megaupload put together a video that went on the offensive against the recording industry and it featured several big name artists, but Universal Music Group had it taken down. Artists such as Kanye West, P. Diddy, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, The Game, Will.i.am, and Alicia Keys was on the video singing their praises of Megaupload. Many of these artists have contracts with UMG.
UMG said that the video violated their copyright. Megaupload said that they have individual agreements with all of those artists. The RIAA is worried that Megaupload is used illegally for sharing copyrighted music. But Megaupload says that they block users who upload copyrighted material. As a response to the video take-down, Megaupload filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group in federal court. This is an interesting case because normally we hear about how music labels are suing and often do not find themselves on the defensive side.