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News, Updates and Analysis: Aimster, Napster and More
By LTVNET
(more articles from this author)
2001-06-27
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As the girl in the valley would say, "Oh Napster? That is SO last Tuesday!"

Reports are buzzing all over about a federal appeals court's decision to uphold last February's decision against Napster, the embattled file-swapping monster. The Supreme Court is the last step for Napster.

But what's the point? The new and encumbered Napster is scheduled to launch in a few months in conjunction and compliance with the major labels. Why is the RIAA continuing litigation against them? Am I missing something? Isn't that kinda like beating up on your newly adopted stepchild?

Maybe there's an entertainment lawyer out there who can enlighten me on this one. I guess the RIAA still wants compensation for that real or imagined irreparable harm caused by Napster. Frankly, the tangible issues surrounding P2P at present exist elsewhere.

Just last Friday, a judge denied a motion by the RIAA and 17 companies to dismiss Aimster's lawsuit against them. Aimster is perhaps the second-most popular P2P network. They avoided legal attacks from the RIAA for a long time since their launch last August, until last month when the RIAA finally counter-sued Aimster. I guess it was just a matter of time.

Ultimately, Aimster is seeking an official legal declaration affirming that they are not in violation of any copyright laws. In stark contrast to the team at Napster, Aimster CEO Johnny Deep, shows little signs of bowing down to the RIAA. From all indications, Mr. Deep wants a trial by jury, not a "happy medium" compromise.

Napster certainly represents the first chapter in this P2P saga. But subsequent clones and imitations like Aimster will more than likely complete the story; that is, after they've spent loads of time, money and energy fighting entrenched media and entertainment conglomerates.

Eventually, we will have to come to a consensus, people.

Other News Bits n Bytes

The guys at BetaNews recently got a peek at the imminent MusicNet subscription service - one of the so-called legitimate answers to Napster. BetaNews offers a pretty clear-cut description of the MusicNet demo. On the other hand, their message boards are far more opinionated - to say the least.

As I suspected, virtually no one is impressed with this contraption. They don't seem to think it's worth anything at all. I swear I can't stop laughing.

MusicNet is currently restricted to the RealAudio 8 format. (Can you believe that?) Another thing: How are the big boys gonna keep fans from recording the sound with their PC soundcards? I assume they already thought about that. Stay tuned.

Finally, the new MP3Pro codec from Thomson Multimedia has recorded over 600,000 downloads since its release a few days ago. However, reactions on one popular tech message board aren't particularly favorable. Apparently the proprietary nature of MP3Pro is a major turn-off.

Linkography

Aimster - www.aimster.com
BetaNews - www.betanews.com
MusicNet - www.musicnet.com
RIAA - www.riaa.com
Thomson Multimedia - www.thomson-multimedia.com

Related MusicDish e-Journal Articles:
» Thomson launches mp3PRO (2001-06-14)
» The New Napster. Any Predictions? (2001-06-06)
» Aimster Sues RIAA? (2001-05-09)
» the mp3 way: mp3PRO - the .WAV of the future? (2001-04-25)


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