Wednesday Bits & Pieces – Legal Edition: Viacom’s Appeal, Lime Wire, Grooveshark & More…

VIA v. GOOG

The drawn out legal fight between Viacom and Google, over YouTube copyright issues, has reached its next phase as Viacom has filed an appeal in federal court today. This comes after last month’s comments from Veoh that the outcome of their legal skirmish with Universal Music Group could foreshadow the events of Viacom’s appeal… Lime Wire has filed a request for a jury trial in the lawsuit filed by by members of the National Music Publisher’s Association back in June… Merlin and Grooveshark have settled their legal scrap, and in doing so the online music service has licensed catalogs from Merlin’s indie record label members. Grooveshark settled a similar lawsuit brought by EMI last year… And song parody and viral video sensation “Newport State of Mind” has been yanked from YouTube via a taken-down notice from EMI Music Publishing at the behest of the seven writers of the song “Empire State of Mind”…