Seeqpod is a mp3 search engine. You type in a song name, artist or any other information you got and Seeqpod displays results found on other Internet sites. Much like Google does but only for music and with the difference that a player is available on the result page that can play videos and music found that way.
Registered users can save the songs in playlists to play them again at a later time, there is no open way to download the music found directly.
Warner Bros. Records has decided to sue Seeqpod citing that it is an unlawful music service that directly engages in, encourages, and facilitates the mass infringement of Plaintiffs' and other intellectual property owners' copyrighted works.
Seeqpod on the other hand claims that they do not host files on their own server, merely linking to those files just like any other search engine which would mean that they would be protected under the DMCA's "safe harbor" provision.
If you perform a search on Seeqpod today you will only get search results from websites like Youtube and Wikipedia. It seems that they filter all other search results at the moment. The Podcrawler is still showing newly found mp3 files directly and those can be played, but the search is not finding them anymore.
What do you think, are they infringing copyright? If you think they do why? If you don't think they do, why?
Update: Seeqpod is no longer available as a service. The website is no longer available on the Internet. It is not clear if this is a consequence of the law suit or if something else has caused the closure of the site.
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