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 October 3, 2012  Posted by  Business, Court, Laws

In September 2011, this blog noted a potential class action lawsuit had been filed against Pandora for allegedly sharing user profiles, including music preferences, to others and Facebook, in violation of Michigan law.

Now Courthouse News reports that the court has dismissed the complaint.

I’ve uploaded a copy of the court’s order here.  Pandora successfully argued that Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) applies to the retail sale, renting, or lending of sound recordings and that streaming music to a user’s computer is none of the above.  Although the court gave the plaintiff leave to amend the complaint, it indicated its view that the plaintiff would be unlikely to succeed.

Update:  Declan McCullagh has fuller coverage of this story on CNET.

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