Napster and MusicNet have entered a licensing agreement whereby Napster will become an affiliate of MusicNet alongside RealNetworks and America Online. BMG Entertainment, EMI Recorded Music and Warner Music Group had previously said that they will permit their libraries to be delivered to Napster once the company operates in a “legal, non-infringing manner” and successfuly demonstrates that rights holders will be compensated for their works by implementing a technology that accurately tracks the identity of files on Napster's servers.
MediaBay has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Napster in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleging that Napster has provided a way for users to download copyright-protected recordings of vintage radio shows and other spoken-word audio that are currently available through MediaBay.
Bertelsmann AG has expanded its presence in the online music delivery business with its acquisition of MyPlay Inc. for an estimated $30 million.
Launch Media Inc. has joined with MusicMatch, MTVi Group, Listen.com and XACT Radio, along with the Digital Media Association, in filing suit against the Recording Industry Association of America, seeking a declaration that the parties' Internet radio services are eligible for a statutory license for transmission of sound recordings over the Internet.
The RIAA has filed a copyright infringment suit in Federal District Court in Manhattan, seeking an injunction against Aimster, a service that allows users to use AOL's instant messaging service to send music and video files to other users on their “buddy list.