RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)is feeling strong. Following the dismantling of Napster and the strong grasp they have on Kazaa and Morpheus they made their move on Audiogalaxy. On Friday the RIAA filed a copyright lawsuit against Audiogalaxy. The lawsuit claims that Audiogalaxy's efforts to filter copyrighted work have failed and that almost all material is available through the network. According to the RIAA, this means that Audiogalaxy is now doing exactly what Napster did in the past and should therefore cease to operate.

If they had demonstrated the ability to filter, we wouldn't be here, said Matt Oppenheim, an RIAA senior vice president. A first-year computer programmer could do better than they have.

Audiogalaxy was one of the first post-Napster file-sharers and has steadily grown to become one of the most popular such services. Unlike most other similar programs Audiogalaxy is web-based and all searches and file requests are handled through its web page. The actual downloads and uploads however, are carried out using their Audiogalaxy Satellite program. According to download.com Audiogalaxy Satellite has been downloaded 30 million times.

Bowing to the pressure on file-sharing services produced by the Napster court case, Audiogalaxy decided to enforce filtered access in mid-2001, making several copyrighted files unavailable through its network. The success of the filtering is what the lawsuit questions according to Oppenheim, 476 copyrighted works, all of which could be downloaded using Audiogalaxy, serve as the basis of the suit.
Oppenheim said the recording industry provided Audiogalaxy with large numbers of songs to be filtered and the labels periodically updated these lists with information about new releases. According to the suit however, many of the songs on the lists still have versions which are freely available for download through the service.

Audiogalaxy's CEO Michael Merhej has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

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RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

damn, i actually use audiogalaxy. Hell, if I really liked a group, then I wouldn't hesitate to purchase their cd, any intelligent person would. I often find myself using these programs to get singles cause for the most part thats the only song on their cd that sounds good to me.

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

i agree with both the belowI would buy a cd i liked if all the songs were good or at least half were good but the sad truth is, artists make a hit and to get it out onto the market add fluff and shit to the rest of a cd and sell it.. screw that man i'll download your shit (excludes incubus)andyes no one can win the war.......i'll make my own damn file share if i have to and maybe one day i will....death to riaa

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

They say they have a grip over kazaa and morpheus. Do they ???? I havent seen any evidence of this kazaa and morpheus have been going on for years have they stopped them have they fook. They will never stop it because there are soo many ways of transfering files it will never be possible to stop them all. When one is shut down another starts up and so it goes on. Long live all the p2p programs

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

The RIAA though can not do this war for too long though. What they have forgotten is that more and more people are supporting file share programs. Soon it will be so many that it will be considered a matter in possible elections in the not too distant future. Sure the RIAA can give money but without votes no one gets elected so the question is not how long can fileshare last but how long until the people backlash and attack the RIAA on their own ground! Now that is a news headline i would love to see. Users of the internet sign death warrant of the RIAA!

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

No more Audiogalaxy, oh well. just one drop in the bucket, there are only like what, thousands of P2P and other filesharing programs? RIAA is a big waste of time- the people they should be busting are people illegally selling and distributing music for profit (and i mean people who are making BIG profit- not just someone burning a CD and selling it to thier friend). Some artists, like Chumbawamba for example (you may not like them- but they support MP3s and think its cool to share music, and other bands like the Offspring, would probably agree, the RIAA blows. Just dont touch WinMX or Kazaa and im Ok.

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

The RIAA sucks...all they are after is money...period. They will never get rid of filesharing...file sharing was around before the internet was even started...Ever heard of a BBS? most BBS's (ecspecially the underground ones) always had some sort of warez,gamez or utility for download.There are so many filesharing networks now that you could never shut them all down...and the best way to ensure that filesharing will be around for years to come is to create more,more and more!FLOOD THE WORLD WITH FILESHARING AND PLUG UP THE RIAA'S DRAIN!!!!!!

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

I think all the new computer age people like and old should try to develop a virus to send the RIAA back to the stone age. These guys are just in it for the money. The RIAA hides behind there lawyers. They are what is causing are country to be rule by corporate companys. Also sign up on the patition every signature is important.

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

RIAA just doesn't get it. They're NEVER...I repeat NEVER going to stop the MP3 fad. They think they're losing all their valuable cash. When in reality CD sales have gone up and they're just wasting money on their stupid lawyers. So here's a big F**K YOU RIAA!!! You can't stop us all!

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

I agree with everything posted, they can never stop all filesharing. and the truth is I wouldn't have heard all these songs anyway so the internet helps publicise bands and if I haven't heard of a band would I buy it's cd?

RIAA Set Sights on Audiogalaxy

These RIAA a**holes they think that they can stop it, well ladida. Audiogalaxy is one of the best out there. You people are right artists, or so calles artists only make one hit and make millions from it. so why by the damn cd if there is only one or two songs you like, download the damn cd and save yourself a few bucks to go by something else that is much better.

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