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June 4, 2003 | From Associated Press
A young programmer whose software start-up, Nullsoft, was gobbled up by America Online -- and then caused numerous headaches for its corporate parent -- plans to resign after his latest piece of rebel code was pulled from the Internet. Justin Frankel, 24, announced his intentions late Monday, less than a week after a file-sharing program called Waste was posted and then pulled from the Nullsoft Web site. AOL, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., paid $86 million for the San Francisco company in 1999.
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June 4, 2003 | From Associated Press
A young programmer whose software start-up, Nullsoft, was gobbled up by America Online -- and then caused numerous headaches for its corporate parent -- plans to resign after his latest piece of rebel code was pulled from the Internet. Justin Frankel, 24, announced his intentions late Monday, less than a week after a file-sharing program called Waste was posted and then pulled from the Nullsoft Web site. AOL, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., paid $86 million for the San Francisco company in 1999.
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May 12, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Nullsoft Inc., maker of the MP3 music player Winamp, has agreed to stop distributing copies of a music-decoding program. The Sedona, Ariz., company is the defendant in a $20-million copyright infringement suit filed by PlayMedia Systems Inc. of Los Angeles. PlayMedia claims that Nullsoft founder Justin Frankel did not pay to use software code PlayMedia developed.
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March 16, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles-based PlayMedia Systems Inc. has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit seeking more than $20 million in damages against a leading MP3 software maker, Nullsoft Inc. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles last week, claims that Nullsoft founder Justin Frankel did not pay to use program code developed by PlayMedia and incorporated in Nullsoft's popular MP3 software player, WinAmp. Sedona, Ariz.
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June 3, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Music software developer Nullsoft Inc., which was acquired this week by America Online Inc., settled a $20-million federal copyright infringement suit filed by a Los Angeles rival just days before the buyout deal was closed. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in March, claimed that Nullsoft founder Justin Frankel did not pay to use program code developed by PlayMedia Systems Inc.
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May 18, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MP3.com Inc., the popular online music company that plans to go public, did not disclose in its regulatory filing that it was a defendant in a $20-million copyright infringement lawsuit, court documents show. PlayMedia Systems Inc., a Los Angeles-based firm that makes digital music technology, named MP3.com last month as a defendant in its case against rival music software firm Nullsoft Inc. Michael Robertson, MP3.
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June 21, 1999 | JONATHAN OATIS, REUTERS
First, Web surfers could listen to music and news from the Internet. Now a free program called Shoutcast gives people the power to turn their PC into a Net radio station. Shoutcast, the creation of 20-year-old University of Utah dropout Justin Frankel, was released in December. It has spawned a grass-roots movement, with users pumping music, comedy and talk shows to the Net.
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March 2, 1999 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are certain givens to life in the computer age. For instance, your usually reliable PC will crash just as you reach the end of that big project, swallowing all your work like the whale that swallowed Gepetto. Then the inkjets on your printer will run dry exactly seven minutes before the closest supply store closes.
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August 2, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Internet radio may be grabbing listeners and generating a lot of excitement, but is anyone actually making money? Not yet, say industry experts. But the promise of future payoffs is driving companies to invest now. In June, America Online picked up Spinner Networks and digital audio software company Nullsoft in a $400-million, all-stock deal, creating an audio powerhouse by combining AOL's more than 17 million subscribers with Nullsoft's 15 million WinAmp users and Spinner's 1.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Creating an uneasy marriage of necessity between two longtime foes, online music portal MP3.com Inc. settled copyright-infringement claims by two of the world's five largest record labels who brought the suit last January. Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Music Group and BMG Entertainment, the music unit of Bertelsmann, are the first of the labels to settle the suit, which claims MP3.com infringed their copyrights by giving users access to an online database of 80,000 CDs.
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May 29, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanford freshman Michelle Ortiz was among the first casualties in the war between heavy metal band Metallica and Napster, the controversial Internet music-trading service. The band recently demanded that Ortiz and about 300,000 other Napster subscribers be immediately booted from the service for violating copyright law. Napster, based in San Mateo, Calif., promptly threw her off. Fortunately for Ortiz, her injury healed quickly.
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