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Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
934 F. Supp. 2d 640 (2013)


Facts

ReDigi Incorporated (ReDigi) (defendant) operated a website that allowed users to sell copies of legally acquired digital-music files to other ReDigi users. The music files had to be purchased through iTunes or other registered sellers of digital-music files, and could not be copied from a CD or illegally downloaded. ReDigi’s platform required the users to download software that evaluated the music files on the computer to ensure they were legally purchased digital files. Applicable files could then be uploaded from the user’s computer to ReDigi’s servers and either used by the owner or sold to another user. Once the file was sold, the original owner no longer had access to the digital file. Capitol Records, LLC (Capitol Records) (plaintiff) owned the copyright in some of the musical works in the digital-music files sold on ReDigi’s suit. Capital Records sued ReDigi, alleging violation of the Copyright Act. Capitol Records filed a motion for partial summary judgment on claims of direct and secondary infringement, arguing that ReDigi’s business model clearly violated Capitol Records’s reproduction and distribution rights in the underlying musical works.

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