MP3.Com to Resume My.MP3.Com Service

Only two days after a judge found the company guilty of "willfully infringing" the Universal Music Group's copyrights, Internet music company Inc. announced that it will relaunch its service starting in a few weeks. lets users register, or "beam" as calls it, their CDs with the company's more than 80,000 CD database, which then allows users to listen to the songs they own from any computer with an Internet connection. Universal successfully argued that violated Universal copyrights by including an estimated 4,700 CDs in the company's song database without permission. has been deactivated since April.

It is unclear how's reactivation of will affect its appeal of the verdict.

Universal had asked for US$450 million in damages. Judge Jed Rakoff declined to award that amount, the maximum allowed under the law, and instead ruled on Sept. 6 that must pay Universal $118 million or $25,000 per CD. The $118 million may be adjusted after it is determined exactly how many of Universal's CDs included in its service.

The other four "major labels," Warner Brothers Music Group Inc., EMI Group PLC, BMG Entertainment Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment Inc., settled their suits against for an estimated $20 million each. The settlements allow to include CDs from those label's back catalogs in the service.

Additional details to follow., in San Diego, California, can be reached at +1-858-623-7000 or

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