April 14, 2000 |
MP3.com Inc. and several prominent record labels were sued in federal court by musicians who seek royalty payments for the distribution of their songs over the Internet. The suit, filed by musicians who perform as the Chambers Brothers, the Coasters and the Original Drifters, seeks a ruling that neither MP3.com nor the record companies--Time Warner Inc., Sony Corp. of America and two others--have the right to transmit their songs over the Internet.
September 20, 2000 |
MP3.com Inc.'s legal troubles continued to mount Tuesday, as San Diego class-action specialist Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach filed a class-action suit against the controversial online music firm, its chief executive and members of its board of directors. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Diego, alleges that the company made "false and misleading" statements between Jan. 13 and Sept. 7 regarding its sales and growth of its Internet services. On Sept. 7, U.S. District Judge Jed S.
May 5, 2000 |
MP3.com Inc. is using "indefensible" and "frivolous" arguments to justify its online distribution of copyrighted music, a federal judge said Thursday in a decision explaining last week's ruling that MP3.com had infringed record company copyrights. U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled Friday that San Diego-based MP3.com had infringed the record labels' copyrights by transmitting, for free, tens of thousands of songs to computer users who subscribe to the company's "My.MP3.com" service.
May 15, 1999 |
Internet music distributor MP3.com Inc., which is named after the popular downloading technology that has caused an uproar in the music business, said it planned to go public in an initial stock offering that would raise about $115 million. The MP3 technology, which is not owned by MP3.com, enables people to download music from the Internet, usually at a cost well below typical retail prices. MP3.com is not the only online company offering MP3 technology, but it has emerged as an early leader.
November 23, 2000 |
A federal bankruptcy judge denied MP3Board.com Inc.'s request for an emergency hearing, and told the online search engine that it would have to wait until Dec. 12 to bid on the assets of the now-defunct firm Scour Inc. While MP3Board did not say how much it plans to bid, it disclosed in a court filing that it wants only Scour's file-sharing technology, known as Scour Exchange.
June 3, 1999 |
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.
May 9, 2000 |
A recording industry trade group claimed an initial victory Monday in its copyright battle against computer song-swap company Napster Inc., which it alleges is a haven for music piracy on the Internet. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel in San Francisco late Friday rejected Napster's claim that it is a "mere conduit." Napster, in its motion for a summary judgment in the case, had claimed that it was merely a service provider and was not liable for the actions of its users.
October 5, 2000 |
The Recording Industry Assn. of America is forming a pool to collect royalties from Webcasters who stream music online, sources said Wednesday. But the proposed collective by the RIAA, which declined to comment on the subject, is already causing discord in the online world amid concerns the music industry's trade group might wield too much control over royalty payments. "I don't think the RIAA will be unopposed.
June 14, 2000 |
Led by Seagram Co., the entertainment industry has almost doubled its donations to federal campaigns in the 1999-2000 election cycle, as companies seek laws to fight Internet piracy, a campaign-spending watchdog group said. The industry has given more than $15.5 million to campaign committees and candidates in the 1999-2000 presidential election cycle, compared with $8.5 million at the same point in the 1995-1996 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
August 29, 2000 |
The trial in Universal Music Group's copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet music site MP3.com Inc. began Monday morning after weekend negotiations failed to produce a settlement. The nonjury trial before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York opened with testimony from MP3.com President and Chief Executive Michael Robertson. Universal, the world's No. 1 record distributor and a unit of Seagram Co.