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Suit Against Music Search Engine Proceeds (law.com)

The battle continues between a California-based search engine and the record labels suing it for copyright infringement.


Free speech on the record (FT.com)

The naughty little upstart, run by three brothers and a handful of staff, is being sued by the big record labels for violating copyright law. In return, MP3Board is counter-suing the music industry, claiming it is merely exercising that most quintessential of American values, free speech.



MP3Board Opposition to RIAA Motion for Summary Judgment (Techfirm.com)

MP3Board.com opposition brief in PDF format from Techfirm.com.



MP3Board Opposition to Record Company Motion for Summary Judgment (Techfirm.com)

MP3Board.com opposition brief in PDF format from Techfirm.com.



MP3Board Motion for Summary Judgment (Techfirm.com)

MP3Board.com summary judgement brief in PDF format from Techfirm.com.



MP3Board Announces New LinkBlaster Digital Rights Technology (Yahoo.com)

The LinkBlaster technology permits Music Copyright owners to sign up for an individual account, review the links to music files and web pages found in the MP3Board.com Post database, and automatically remove links to infringing works. The LinkBlaster automated service handles the Copyright owner's account maintenance, automated removal of links to offending files and pages, and provides an opportunity for a party to electronically file a ``counter affidavit'' of non-infringement to keep the link posted. The whole process is automated.



AOL-TW Suit 'A Stretch,' Admits MP3Board Lawyer (NewsBytes.com)

"In our underlying claim," Rothken said, "we are asking the court to declare that Gnutella and interfacing and searching (with) Gnutella are lawful. If it comes about that the court finds we were wrong and it's not lawful, that's when our claim for indemnity becomes very important. That's where we ... say, 'All right, if you find us unlawful, please allocate liability and damages between us and the parties that were intimately involved in creating and disseminating (Gnutella), and doing nothing to take it back or destroy what they had already put out into the society. That would be AOL and Time Warner."



Third Party Claim v. AOL/Time Warner (TechFirm.com)

"In our underlying claim," Rothken said, "we are asking the court to declare that Gnutella and interfacing and searching (with) Gnutella are lawful. If it comes about that the court finds we were wrong and it's not lawful, that's when our claim for indemnity becomes very important. That's where we ... say, 'All right, if you find us unlawful, please allocate liability and damages between us and the parties that were intimately involved in creating and disseminating (Gnutella), and doing nothing to take it back or destroy what they had already put out into the society. That would be AOL and Time Warner."



MP3Board Files Counter Claim Against the RIAA (Yahoo.com)

``The ratio of legal to illegal music files pointed to by MP3Board's automated links mirrors the state of Internet as a whole. It is up to the RIAA and its members to take steps to shift the legal music file ratio in their favor -- rather than attacking MP3Board which has no MP3 files, they should be going after the entities that house the actual files...mere linking alone, arising out of automated processes, is not direct or contributory copyright infringement,'' said Ira Rothken, MP3Board's attorney.



AOL's MP3 search service similar to one being sued by Time Warner (UpsideToday.com)

Already, players in the digital entertainment industry are accusing AOL-Time Warner of saying one thing as part of record industry lawsuits but doing another as a profit-minded online portal. "It does seem hypocritical, since MP3board is being sued for offering links such as they [AOL] are doing," Michael Robertson, CEO of MP3.com said in an email message.



MP3Board sues to protect links to files (mercurycenter.com)

A Santa Cruz Web site operator has escalated the already mounting legal battle over the distribution of copyrighted music on the Internet, filing a lawsuit on Friday that seeks to define how far the recording industry can go to restrict access to digital recordings in cyberspace.



MP3Board.com Lawsuit Briefing (TechFirm.com)

The lawsuit in PDF format which includes Exhibit letters from the RIAA.



Sue Us? Sue You! MP3Board Gets to the RIAA First (Inside.com)

On June 2, MP3Board.com, an Internet music search engine, filed suit against the RIAA, the litigious-happy music industry trade organization that has aggressively pursued legal remedies against online music Web sites like MP3.com and Napster.



Music giants sue 'pirates' (BBC.co.uk)

Some of America's biggest recording labels have brought another court case against an internet site which allows users to download popular music for free.



RIAA: No Hyperlinking Allowed (Wired.com)

On Friday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a suit against content-aggregation site MP3Board.com. The copyright infringement suit filed in federal district court in New York claims that the website knowingly gathers, indexes, and organizes links to sites where illegal files are offered for download.



Record Labels Sue MP3Board For Copyright Infringement (Bizreport.com)

Major record labels today filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against music search engine MP3board.com, seeking to shut down the Web site for enabling Internet users to download recorded music for free.



Back at You: RIAA Files Suit Against MP3Board (Inside.com)

In a legal parry widely considered a foregone conclusion, the Recording Industry Association of America on Friday sued MP3Board.com, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based music search engine. The RIAA accused the company of promoting piracy by providing thousands of links to illegal MP3 files on the Web. According to the brief, the RIAA said that MP3Board.com has become a ''centralized and leading resource for pirates seeking illegal copies of virtually any recording.'' In the past year, the recording industry has sent three letters warning the company of a potential lawsuit.



Major Labels Sue MP3Board Over Linking Activity (Webnoize.com)

Record labels owned by Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Recorded Music and BMG Entertainment filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday against MP3-search engine and link aggregator MP3Board Inc.



RIAA SUES MUSIC-DOWNLOAD SITE MP3BOARD (Variety.com)

The Recording Industry Assn. of America, which reps all the major labels, has filed a copyright infringement suit against Bakersfield, Calif.-based MP3Board Inc.



MP3 Site Sued (Internetnews.com)

Three weeks after MP3.com Inc. settled copyright suits with Warner Brothers Records and BMG Music, MP3Board Inc. find itself as the center of a legal dispute.



MP3 Site Sues RIAA Over Linking (Wired.com)

The recording industry got a bit of a shock on Monday when a digital music search site filed a lawsuit asking the judge to stop the Recording Industry Association of America from attempting to shut its website down.



Major music labels sue MP3Board on copyrights (Reuters Security)

NEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) - Major record labels, including BMG Music, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Warner Bros Records (NYSE:TWX - news), on Friday sued MP3Board Inc., seeking to prevent its Web site from linking users to ``pirated'' music on the Internet.



Major Recording Labels Sues MP3Board on Copyright (Reuters Internet Report)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major record labels including BMG Music, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (7930.T) and Warner Bros Records (NYSE:TWX - news) on Friday filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against MP3Board Inc., seeking to prevent its Web site from linking users to ``pirated'' music on the Internet.



MP3 firm in music-linking dispute with record industry (cnet.com)

Two weeks ago, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) notified MP3Board.com that hyperlinks on its site to well-known music titles constitute copyright infringement. On Friday, the company filed papers asking a federal judge to find it had not violated copyright laws merely by posting links to material online.



Warned by the Music Industry, Web Site Files Suit (nytimes.com) (Register)

The suit, filed late Friday in Federal District Court in San Jose, brings to a boil a simmering dispute between MP3Board.com Inc., a 12-employee music search engine in Santa Cruz, Calif., and the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major record labels.



MP3Board.com Sues RIAA (Internet.com)

In a move to counter industry pressure, MP3Board.com announced Monday it has filed suit against the Recording Industry of America.
The filing aims to halt the RIAA's attempts to shut down the mp3board.com Web site which provides hyperlinks to sites and files the RIAA maintains infringes on copyrights.



RIAA Sued For Harassing Web Site (BizReport.com)

Privately held MP3Board, Inc., has filed suit in Federal District Court in San Jose, California, against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for harassment.



MP3Board Sues RIAA to Protect Right to Automate Hyperlinks (Yahoo.com)

MP3Board, Inc. (MP3Board.com) a pioneer in the indexing, searching, and linking of music related sites and files on the internet announced today that it has filed suit in Federal Court in San Jose, California, seeking a remedy against the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) to prevent the RIAA from continually attempting to shut down the mp3board.com web site for merely providing hyperlinks to other web sites, pages, and files the RIAA considers infringing.



MP3Board Sues RIAA to Protect Right to Automate Hyperlinks (NewMediaMusic.com)

MP3Board, Inc. (MP3Board.com) a pioneer in the indexing, searching, and linking of music related sites and files on the internet announced today that it has filed suit in Federal Court in San Jose, California, seeking a remedy against the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) to prevent the RIAA from continually attempting to shut down the mp3board.com web site for merely providing hyperlinks to other web sites, pages, and files the RIAA considers infringing.



RIAA Sued By MP3Board.com Over Right To Link (Slashdot.com)

"The RIAA is the one being sued. Mp3board.com is suing the RIAA to keep them from shutting their site down for linking to sites that carry illegal MP3. " The article notes that nobody has ever been held liable for linkage. Sure seems like there sure are a lot of lawyers getting paid trying to take that right away. Also contains reader opinions on the subject.



Major MP3 Site up for Sale on EBay - 1/21/2000 (MP3NewsWire.net)

Now here is the rub. The site is a digital music site, the hottest growing niche on the web today. So hot, money and lawsuits are flying around in an effort to take control of a burgeoning industry. A savvy person would say you have something valuable in your possession.



Press Contact for MP3Board, Inc. concerning MP3Board, Inc. vs. RIAA

Phone: 415-924-4250
Email: iraATtechfirm.com
Ira P. Rothken, Esq., ROTHKEN LAW FIRM, 1050 Northgate Drive, Suite 520, San Rafael, CA 94903



 
 

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