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AOL in PlayMedia Copyright Infringement Fight
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2001-10-31
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Source: Mi2N - October 31, 2001

In 1999, PlayMedia Systems, Inc. licensed its AMP playback engine to Nullsoft, Inc. for use with its famous Winamp mp3 app. AOL bought Nullsoft and used AMP in its AOL 6.0 Media Player. However, says PlayMedia, AOL needed a separate licensing agreement to do that and on April 17, sued AOL for copyright infringement, asking for $47 million in damages and moving for a Preliminary Injunction, which was issued on October 26.

Making it public on October 30, US District Court Judge A. Howard Matz found PlayMedia had established the probable validity of allegations that its AMP mp3 playback technology was used by AOL without permission. Among other things, the injunction ordered AOL to eliminate PlayMedia's software from all versions of its AOL 6.0 Internet software and halt all distribution of AOL 6.0. PlayMedia's chairman and CEO, Brian D. Litman, said, "AOL and many foreign affiliates have distributed the AMP software in AOL 6.0 worldwide using vehicles as diverse as leading retail stores to Cheerios boxes. We are currently evaluating the broader implications of the court's decision."

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