AnywhereCD has filed a court complaint Friday against Warner Music seeking a declaratory judgment that AnywhereCD had not as WMG alleged breached its agreement with and has the rights to sell MP3 albums of Warner Music artists. The company is also seeks damages for business defamation, trade libel and breach of contract. The complaint is available online here.
Michael Robertson, CEO of AnywhereCD and founder of mp3.com says in a statement, "AnywhereCD has the utmost respect for the Warner Music Group (WMG) family of artists and we want to distribute their albums through our service. Unfortunately, we ran into a contractual disagreement that necessitates the help of the courts and ultimately the oversight of a judge. We hope to settle this matter quickly, and move forward with our stated business of selling the world's best music as MP3 Albums."
If Robertson wins the judgement, it would be another major step towards forcing all major labels to drop DRM. As of Saturday AnywhereCD was continuing to sell WMG product as CD/mp3 combos.