One Year Ago: RIAA Files Copyright Suit Against

Originally published on January 24, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

Online music provider, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP) has been slapped with a copyright lawsuit initiated by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the company confirmed Friday.

An statement said the firm had been served with a complaint for copyright infringement brought by RIAA in a New York federal court.

The lawsuit reportedly contends that’s use of downloadable music is unauthorized because the provider does not own the property and is offering it without permission.

Instant Listening

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that’s Instant Listening Service and Beam-it violate copyright laws, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The Instant Listening Service lets online consumers hear a CD once they have purchased it, while the Beam-it program allows users to add their own CDs to their personal online playlist, the report said.

An official statement by MP3 CEO Michael Robertson declared, “On behalf of consumers, we are disappointed that the positive benefits and security features of our newly upgraded service are misunderstood by the RIAA and its member companies. provides more choices for consumers to do what they want with the music they already own.”

Robertson added: “Our technology also empowers artists to communicate directly with their fan base. We believe will stimulate CD sales and expand the music industry overall.”

Defense Ready

However, RIAA executive Cary Sherman told reporters that “This is a blatant infringement of rights, upsetting not only to record labels, but also large numbers of artists, retailers and technology companies who have business agreements with copyright owners.”

Robertson asserted that his company plans, “to defend this suit vigorously through the courts. We have every intention of fighting this to the court of last resort, if necessary.”

Robertson responded to an open letter issued by the RIAA on the company Web site.

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