A federal judge in Albany, N.Y., has granted a temporary reprieve to Madster, an online file-sharing system being sued for copyright infringement by the entertainment industry.
The major record companies, music publishers and Hollywood studios accuse Madster, formerly known as Aimster, of enabling wide-scale piracy.
While that case is pending in federal court in Chicago, a federal court in New York is handling a bankruptcy petition filed by Troy, N.Y.-based Madster's creator, John Deep.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday January 07, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 7 inches; 262 words Type of Material: Correction
Copyright-infringement suit -- An article in Monday's Business section about the Madster online file-sharing service misstated the effect of a Jan. 3 order by a federal judge in Albany, N.Y. U.S. District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn placed a temporary hold on the copyright-infringement lawsuit against Madster that is being heard in federal court in Chicago. The order doesn't lift a preliminary injunction issued in the Chicago case by U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen. Instead, it bars any further action in the lawsuit, maintaining a legal status quo at least until a hearing Thursday in Kahn's court.