A federal judge in Los Angeles has refused to disqualify O’Melveny & Myers from representing MySpace in a copyright case but ordered the firm to pay attorney fees to Universal Music Group (UMG) after calling elements of its conflict waiver “unworthy of a distinguished law firm.”

On Aug. 20, UMG filed a motion to disqualify O’Melveny from the case, which alleges that MySpace, owned by News Corp., is directly liable for infringing UMG copyrights by posting its content illegally onto the social networking site.

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