is embroiled in a copyright infringement lawsuit with the Recording Industry Association of America over its Instant Listening and Beam-it features, which stream music to customers who have already bought the CDs.

In order to do this, digitized over 80,000 popular tracks, prompting the RIAA to set its legal hounds on the San Diego-based company.

Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled in favor of the RIAA and rejected’s argument that it did not violate copyrights because it required subscribers to provide proof of ownership. is negotiating with the labels for licensing rights for the service. The removal only affects recordings on major labels and music from independent labels will still be available for subscribers who can prove ownership of the CDs.

A message from founder Michael Robertson can be found at