TuneIn has withdrawn UK listeners access to most radio stations outside the country for licensing reasons.
The move follows a High Court battle against Sony and Warner’s TuneIn, which found TuneIn responsible for both direct and authorized violations related to all of the channels included in its app, with the exception of the UK-based channels.
TuneIn argued that it simply connects users to streams from radio stations and merely acts as a radio search engine, merely “communicating to the public the music contained in each radio station’s stream”.
The judge didn’t accept TuneIn’s argument that it was just a search engine, similar to Google’s. Users can do so much more than just search; B. Browse music by genre and artist.
And while the verdict was passed last November, the changes are only just being made. Users are complaining on social media that they can no longer listen to any stations outside the UK.
TuneIn Support responded by saying, “Due to a court ruling in the UK, we will, with limited exceptions, limit international channels to prohibit their availability in the UK. We apologize for the inconvenience..”
A Sony Music spokesperson said TuneIn widely distributes and commercializes links to unlicensed music.