Music Group Says Myspace Is Using Songs Without Permission


The new Myspace is now open to all, shifting the aging social network’s focus toward building connections between musicians and fans. With an updated design and the star power of Justin Timberlake (one of the company’s backers), the site has garnered a lot of attention. Now it has its first official complaint.

Merlin, an U.K.-based agency that represents many independent record labels, says Myspace is using the music of its artists without permission. The group used to have a deal with the old MySpace and its MySpace Music service, but the agreement expired over a year ago.

“What we’ve taken issue with is the service launched without a license from us, yet with our music all over the service,” Merlin CEO Charles Caldas told Mashable. “It’s launching with hundreds of tracks and offering them free, on demand to consumers without the permission of the people who own the material, and certainly without remunerating them for it.”