Music Labels Reach A New Low, Sue Developer For Using Seeqpod API
February 25, 2009 at 19:35 PM EST
It's no secret that the record industry hates Seeqpod , a music site that lets users stream songs for free. Last year the company was sued by Warner Music Group (the outcome of the suit is still pending). Now, the company has just been slapped with a complaint from EMI. But the new complaint goes one step further, personally naming some of the Seeqpod executives, and in a move that may well raise the ire of countless developers, a developer named Ryan Sit who happened to tap into the Seeqpod API. The legality of Seeqpod is murky. The company says that it doesn't store any songs, but instead streams them from countless music files littering sites across the web. In effect, it acts as a powerful music search engine with a media player built in. The record industry claims that this is still illegal, and the new EMI complaint goes as far as to say that Seeqpod actually does host some of these music files, at least temporarily (which would strike a major blow to Seeqpod's defense if proven true). In any case, Seeqpod is clearly on some shaky legal ground, so the new lawsuit doesn't come as a surprise. What is surprising, and potentially very alarming, is the fact that Ryan Sit was named in the suit for running the one-man startup Favtape, which leverages the Seeqpod API to stream music. Sit has created a number of sites, including Swurl and FavThumbs . In short, he's a prolific developer who takes advantage of the APIs offered by many popular websites.