Project Playlist banned from MySpace, partners with Sony BMG

By Justin Mann on December 22, 2008, 4:46 PM
Project Playlist may have suffered a setback when MySpace made the decision to ban the service from their site, but it isn't all doom and gloom for them altogether. Facebook has made the decision to keep the service onboard, ignoring cries from the RIAA to remove it. Whether or not that will last is less important than the legal battles the company is facing, with Warner, EMI, UMG and RIAA all bearing down on them with lawsuits.

In that sea of bad news, however, there is a bit of hope for them as well. Sony BMG has opted to work a deal with Project Playlist, avoiding lawsuits and hopefully improving the service. Relying on “business speak,” the founder of Project Playlist claims that working with Sony BMG will let them improve the quality of content, along with enhancing the service in general. Whether or not corporate sponsorship will improve a service like this is debatable, but at the very least they have found something that may help prevent them from going under. In the past, online playlist services have not lasted long, and it certainly seems like the bell has tolled for Project Playlist. Their deal with Sony BMG may make or break them.

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I used Project Playlist on my Myspace profile page and it was removed the other day. Myspace removed the app from the profile page but didn't remove the app all together. Widget From Your Profile Has Been Deleted.Your Project Playlist widget has been removed from your profile in response to copyright complaints. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but it is absolutely imperative that MySpace respect the rights of copyright owners, artists and record labels.Isn't Online Music Free?No, MySpace, Rhapsody, Napster, Imeem, Yahoo Music, Pandora, Last.FM all pay fees to the artist and record labels for the rights for you to play their music online. It may seem free to you, but if it's legal, someone is probably paying for you to hear the music.Don't I Have the Right to Listen to Songs I Purchased on Amazon, MySpace, iTunes or on CD in My Project Playlist Player?No, buying the album or song does not give you the right to put the songs in your Project Playlist Player, or upload them to MySpace, or upload them to any file sharing service.When will I be able to use a Project Playlist music player on MySpace again?As soon as their legal situation is settled, and the artists are getting paid, MySpace will consider re-enabling the embedding of Project Playlist music players.Where Do I Get Legal Playlists for My Profile?Imeem, Last.FM, iLike, and MySpace Music are all good options.Thanks for your understanding,MySpace
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