Madster Piracy Maddens Music Biz

By | November 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Recording Industry Assn. of America, the lobbying arm of the major labels, said Thursday that the troubled file-swapping company Madster – aka Aimster – is violating a court’s instruction to stop the flow of music piracy.

In early November, U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen of Illinois specifically ordered Madster to “immediately disable and prevent any and all access to the plaintiffs’ copyrighted works… including, if necessary, preventing any and all access to the Aimster system and service in its entirety.”

The RIAA says Madster is in direct violation of the court’s preliminary injunction and filed a motion Thursday asking for a court hearing.

In the court papers, the trade organization suggested that Judge Aspen find Aimster chief John Deep in contempt, and fine him for his daily profits.

“We regret having to take this step, but Mr. Deep has given us no other option,” RIAA senior VP for business affairs Matt Oppenheim said. “He is fully capable of complying with the order and has apparently decided to flout the court’s authority.”

Deep could not be reached for comment.

The RIAA also wants the court to appoint a compliance officer to take the Aimster system offline.

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