Madster goes Chapter 11
Music Industry News - as it happens
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
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?