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Madster goes Chapter 11
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-03-21
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Source: MusicDish - March 20, 2002

"I have not yet begun to fight", said Madster's creator Johnny Deep after the copyright action against his music- and video-sharing service was halted when two companies linked to it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Deep says the court filings aren't affecting Madster, a p2p company reminiscent of Napster.

Known as Aimster until the domain name was transferred to America Online after another legal battle, Madster is letting users trade digital versions of copyrighted songs and movies in violation of federal law, say the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) on behalf of the major movie studios and record labels.

On his web site at http://www.madster.com, Deep says, "The business I conduct in my home in Cohoes, NY, has been damaged by the unfair business practices of the largest corporations in the world. But Aimster and the defense of civil liberties on the Internet cannot be stopped - I have not yet begun to fight.

"We believe the Record Companies are engaged in collusion, price-fixing and other anti-trust violations, and that there is evidence of misuse of copyrights here, just as there is in the Napster case. We intend to seek full discovery of that evidence."

But, "This is just another one of Deep's efforts to avoid this case ever being considered on the merits," said the RIAA's Matthew Oppenheim, according to a March 20 Reuters story. "Ultimately, some court at some time is going to hear the merits of this. The last chapter has already been written by the judge in the Napster case."

Aimster recently changed its name to Madster as part of a settlement agreement with AOL, which argued the name violated its AOL Instant Messenger - or AIM - trademark.

However, on his web page Deep says:

Big companies are LAMEster
Now you can't call me A---STER
But I still work the SAMEster
So what's in a NAMEster?


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