Record Labels Sue Radionomy
Update 3/2: Radionomy’s streaming platform has come back online.
Original Report 3/1 11:30pm: DIY streaming radio provider Radionomy has gone offline after being served with a lawsuit from Sony Music labels Arista Records, LaFace Records, Sony Music Entertainment and Zomba Recording over failure to pay royalties and license their music.
TorrentFreak.com reports that music from artists including Adele, Bob, Dylan, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Elvis Presley, John Mayer, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Pink Floyd and Shakira were among the ones noted by the Sony labels in the lawsuit. They requested a permanent injunction against Radionomy and financial damages.
The company has stated that it has not paid royalties to record labels since 2014.
Radionomy has sent out a note to its users stating:
Radionomy platform encounters a major Internet issue that impacts all stations.
Our technical team is working on it to restore the connections as soon as possible.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
French media conglomerate Vivendi owns a 64.4% majority stake in the Belgian based platform. Radionomy includes the TargetSpot digistal ad platform, Shoutcast streaming platform and Winamp media player in its holdings. The company sent out a press release earlier today announcing its new iOS and Android mobile apps along with smart TV apps for Roku and Samsung TVs which indicates this move came out of nowhere.
The lawsuit against Radionomy following the end of Live365 earlier this year makes DIY radio streaming a much more difficult proposition.