According to HollywoodReporter.com, Universal Music is taking aim at a group of companies that sell prison care packages, which sometimes include mixtapes. Individuals can reportedly purchase the care packages for those incarcerated in correctional facilities.
Among the artists featured on the care package mixtapes are James Brown, Eminem, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.
“Defendants boast on their website that their business ‘was developed to eliminate contraband,’ yet the infringing copies of Plaintiffs’ sound recordings and musical compositions, in which Defendants unlawfully transact and from which they unjustly profit, are contraband personified,” states the lawsuit, according to HollywoodReporter.com.
The companies being sued by Universal Music include the Centric Group and Keefe Group, a company that’s behind “the most comprehensive custom package program in the correctional industry.”
This doesn’t serve as the first time Universal Music has taken aim at mixtapes, which the company previously referred to as being “frequently a cover for piracy.” Several months ago, Universal Music reportedly put mixtapes and DJ music up for legal examination.
In the lawsuit against the Centric Group and Keefe Group, Universal Music is seeking $150,000 for each copyrighted work infringed.