Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have filed legal papers against streaming audio service TuneIn in the UK for copyright infringement.
Music Business Worldwide reported the companies’ claim covers at least 800 unlicensed music streams.
The litigation is supported by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which has released reports on the music industry – such as the YouTube “value gap”.
TuneIn is expected to claim it is merely a conduit for its clients, and doesn’t always know when certain music is being played on its platform.
TorrentFreak highlighted that previous rulings in the EU relating to The Pirate Bay have found that providing an index amounts to copyright infringement, however.
It also noted that TuneIn disclaims liability outside the US.
“Those who access or use the service from locations outside the USA do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws,” said TuneIn.