RIAA Tries to Nail StreamCast... Again
The RIAA calls its repeat attempt to nail StreamCast a month after losing its fight against it, "another step in our ongoing litigation."
But this latest lawsuit is "frivolous," says StreamCast chief executive officer Michael Weiss in a June 3 Reuters story, going on, "They're doing everything they can to stop this company and have reverted back to the only tactic they know, which is to spend their opponent into submission."
In 1999, StreamCast - the company behind Morpheus - tried to create an online radio service but gave up when it couldn't get licenses from the Fulsome Five labels which, of course, own the RIAA.
Jon Healey described it thus in the LA Times: "Like frustrated prosecutors charging an acquitted crime boss with tax evasion, the major record labels are suing the creators of the Morpheus file-sharing network again - not over the software that millions of people use to copy billions of songs for free, but over a service that never launched."
The RIAA's latest suit came after a federal judge in Los Angeles decided StreamCast and Grokster weren't liable for the sharing of copyright works by people who user their services.