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Unlicensed music streaming service Aurous has quickly found itself in hot water after drawing the ire of the US trade body the RIAA. Three days after launch, the RIAA served Aurous with a copyright infringement lawsuit and gained a temporary restraining order.


  • The RIAA’s lawsuit accused Sampson, Aurous Group, and 10 other “does” that work with Sampson and Aurous but are currently unidentified of creating a service that “blatantly infringes the Plaintiffs’ copyrights by enabling Internet users to search for, stream, and download pirated copies of Plaintiffs’ sound recordings for immediate listening and later playback.”

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the case brought by the RIAA against unlicensed online streaming service Aurous.
  • The research note explains why the RIAA is suing Aurous and why the case has far-reaching implications for service and site blocking in the US.

Key questions answered

  • What is Aurous and why has the RIAA sued its creator?
  • What are the concerns for civil liberty groups should the RIAA succeed in its case against Aurous?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • RIAA responds to Aurous’ developer goading
  • RIAA takes aim and opens fire
  • Heading for an inevitable conclusion


  • Author

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