April 10, 2001 |
Oops. Jurors who ordered online music provider MP3.com Inc. to pay about $300,000 to an independent record label for violating copyrights have told the trial judge that they checked their math and discovered they made a mistake: What they really meant was an amount closer to $3 million, the judge said Monday. After seeing news reports about the award they handed down Friday to Tee Vee Toons, jurors on the eight-woman panel alerted U.S.
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.
August 31, 2000 |
Seagram Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. testified Wednesday that he believes MP3.com purposely violated the copyrights of record companies to build an online catalog of 80,000 CDs. Bronfman's testimony in a civil trial in federal court in Manhattan was brief because Judge Jed Rakoff decided that the executive's opinions were not relevant to deciding whether MP3.com intentionally infringed on copyrights. Before the reluctant witness finished his testimony, he said he doubted MP3.
July 14, 2000 |
The Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) will argue that song-swap company Napster Inc.'s defense that its users are not infringing copyrights has no basis in law. "We plan to explain to the court that the law is clearly not as they claim it to be," said Steve Fabrizio, a lawyer for the RIAA, concerning the brief filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The trade group represents big record companies such as Time Warner Inc.'
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.