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Infospace sued by EMI for $100m

Alleges unpaid royalties and more

The music division of EMI is suing publisher Infospace for US $100 million (EUR 77.2m).

The lawsuit alleges that the company, along with subsidiaries Moviso and Premium Wireless Services, has been underpaying royalties and selling ringtones for songs it does not hold the licensing rights to.

EMI also claims Infospace has been selling ringtones in markets where it has no license to do so, as well as selling restricted songs such as John Lennon's Imagine.

The music label claims to have requested an audit of Infospace's books but was met with, "diversion, obstruction, misdirection and misinformation."

"The company believes that EMI's claims are without merit and that it has meritorious defences to them and intends to vigorously defend the suit," said Infospace in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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