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RECORD FIRMS’ SUIT SAYS AMWAY INFRINGED COPYRIGHTS

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Amway Corp. has been sued by a group of record companies alleging the company missappropriated music used in its promotional videos.

Eleven record companies filed suit against Amway, saying its distributors produced promotional videos that use recorded music - including the Beatles' "Help" and Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time" - without obtaining rights for the recordings.The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Florida.

"Amway Corp. is aware of the action taken by the recording companies," the company said. "However, because Amway hasn't been served, it can't comment on the suit or its validity."

Amway, based in Michigan, is a closely held company that sells personal care, home care and health and fitness products.

The suit alleges Amway committed at least 108 acts of copyright infringement involving 57 recordings, said Jason Berman, chairman of Recording Industry Association of America.

The recording association, a not-for-profit trade association began an investigation into the videotapes in 1993.

The videos were often used for Amway distributor conventions to motivate distributors to sell Amway products, Berman said. The recordings were produced and sold throughout the country by Amway distributors, Berman said.

The 11 plaintiffs are Arista Records Inc., BMG Music, Zomba Recording, Motown Record Co., Polygram Records, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Solar Records, EMI Christian Music Group, MCA Records Inc., Capitol Records Inc. and Virgin Records America Inc.