February 21, 2001 |
Attempting to settle a potentially crippling copyright-infringement suit, Napster Inc. offered Tuesday to pay record companies $1 billion over five years for the right to include their music in a new fee-based Internet song-swapping service. Company executives and Thomas Middelhoff, chief of media conglomerate Bertelsmann, implored the labels to suspend their legal assault while all the parties work out a deal.
January 21, 2001 |
They stalked her. They choked her. They stabbed her. And after she was dead, they raped her. The 1995 murder of 15-year-old Elyse Pahler was inspired in part, one of her killers told police, by the heavy-metal music of Slayer--a popular band that specializes in misogynistic songs depicting torture and satanic sacrifice. The teenage murderers confessed to the killing years ago and are serving long prison terms. But for the victim's family, the case is not closed.
June 17, 2000 |
Napster Inc., the software maker embroiled in litigation against the record industry, said it has retained David Boies, the U.S. government's lead counsel in its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. The New York-based lawyer with Boies, Schiller & Flexner said in a statement that the Napster case "raises important questions of how the copyright laws are to be applied to this new medium." Napster's legal foes include the Recording Industry Assn. of America and music artists Metallica and Dr.
June 14, 2000 |
The Recording Industry Assn. of America filed evidence late Monday supporting its motion against Napster Inc., and asked the U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco to shut down the popular online song-swapping service. The trade group, along with the National Music Publishers Assn., also submitted an industry-financed study that claims record sales have plummeted at music stores near college campuses with high-speed Internet connections.
November 25, 1999 |
Bertelsmann Music Group suffered a costly setback Wednesday when a court ruling paved the way for pop sensation 'N Sync to break its contract with the German conglomerate and release its much-anticipated follow-up album through a competitor. The move follows a lawsuit filed last month by BMG against 'N Sync and Zomba Group, accusing the company of luring away the pop group with an improper contract offer. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Orlando, Fla.
June 30, 1999 |
The founders of A&M Records will seek $200 million in a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Seagram Co.' Universal Music for allegedly dismantling the label after a merger, their lawyer said. An amended lawsuit, expected to be filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court today by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, will revise a suit brought last June against PolyGram, which bought A&M in 1989 but was itself acquired by Seagram last year.