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Old 2002-06-20, 12:04 AM   #1
Exclamation Audiogalaxy shuts down!

RIAA, NMPA Reach Settlement With

Recording Industry Association of America, National Music
Publishers’ Association Reach Settlement with

New York, NY, June 17, 2002 – The recording industry, music
publishers and songwriters announced today that they have
reached an out-of-court settlement with, the
Napster-like clone, which requires Audiogalaxy to stop the
infringement of copyrighted works on their peer-to-peer network.

The agreement follows a lawsuit filed in late May accusing
Audiogalaxy of facilitating and encouraging widespread copyright
infringement – a last resort step after repeated efforts to warn
the firm of their liability were ignored or resulted in
ineffective attempts to fix the problem. The suit was brought by
the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf
of its member labels, and the National Music Publishers’
Association (NMPA), on behalf of the music publisher principals
of its licensing affiliate, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.

The settlement reached would allow Audiogalaxy to operate
a "filter-in" system, which requires that for any music
available, the songwriter, music publisher, and/or recording
company must first consent to the use and sharing of the work.
The other key provision of the agreement is for Audiogalaxy to
pay the music publishers and recording industry a substantial
sum based on Audiogalaxy's assets and interest in resolving this
case quickly.

"We are pleased to settle this case quickly. This is a victory
for everyone who cares about protecting the value of music,"
said Hilary Rosen, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA. "This should
serve as a wake-up call to the other networks that facilitate
unauthorized copying. The responsibility for implementing
systems that allow for the authorized use of copyrighted works
rests squarely on the shoulders of the peer-to-peer network."

"The message is clear – there is no place on the Internet for
services that exploit creators' work without fair compensation,"
added Edward P. Murphy, President and CEO, NMPA. "Such services
hurt creators and hurt the legitimate Internet businesses that
wish to comply with the law and compensate the creators. The
swift resolution of this matter is thus a double victory that
creators and legitimate Internet businesses should join in
hailing." (more), based in Austin, Texas, was one of the more
heavily trafficked file-sharing websites.

The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group
that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to
foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes
our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are
the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national
music industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture
and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound
recordings produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect
intellectual property rights worldwide and the First Amendment
rights of artists; conduct consumer industry and technical
research; and monitor and review - - state and federal laws,
regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®,
Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™, and Diamond sales awards, Los
Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music

The National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc., founded in
1917, works to protect and advance the interests of the music
publishing industry. With over 900 members, the NMPA represents
the most important and influential music publishing firms
throughout the United States.

The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. provides an information source,
clearing house and monitoring service for licensing musical
copyrights, and acts as licensing agent for more than 27,000
music publisher principals, who in turn represent the interests
of more than 160,000 songwriters. Besides the core business
functions of licensing, collections and distribution of
royalties, HFA conducts periodic record company and other user
audits on behalf of its principals. HFA is the licensing
affiliate of the National Music Publishers’ Association.

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Old 2002-06-20, 12:08 AM   #2
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Aimster and Win MX are better anyway
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Old 2002-06-20, 12:09 AM   #3
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Just use WinMX, it's better anyway...
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Old 2002-06-20, 12:09 AM   #4

WinMX = ****. I have other, better sources, but still, AG was good for rare songs.
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Old 2002-06-20, 06:30 AM   #5
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Originally posted by Plasmodium
WinMX = ****. I have other, better sources, but still, AG was good for rare songs.
Yep, that's so true.

I think I'm gonna have to go back to using Mirc to get MP3's again.
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Old 2002-06-20, 07:02 AM   #6
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I wish I had a DSL line, I would do nothing but sit at home and download music all day and night!!!!
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Old 2002-06-20, 06:05 PM   #7
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WinMx is comlpete wank compared to audio galaxy. It has toss all songs.

I am not happy about this.

Is there anything online that has a datbase like audio galaxy? Winmx seems to be for muppets that don't know about decent music, hence you can hardly get any great songs off it.

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Old 2002-06-20, 06:08 PM   #8
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Time to look into quiet unofficial Napster servers, methinks...
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