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    Audiogalaxy agrees to filter songs
    09:30 Tuesday 18th June 2002
    Gwendolyn Mariano, CNET News.com

    Another file-swapping service buckles under music-industry pressure as Audiogalaxy agrees to obtain permission for every song it allows users to share
    Audiogalaxy, a popular Internet file-swapping service, agreed Monday to filter copyrighted works as part of a legal settlement with the recording industry.

    Under the settlement, Audiogalaxy is required to obtain permission or consent from a songwriter, music publisher and/or recording company to use and share copyrighted works. In addition, Audiogalaxy has agreed to pay the music publishers and recording industry an undetermined amount of money based on Audiogalaxy's assets and interest in resolving the case quickly, according to the RIAA.

    The RIAA, along with the National Music Publisher's Association and The Harry Fox Agency, sued Audiogalaxy last month over copyright infringement. The suit was filed in federal court in New York, charging that Audiogalaxy's efforts to filter access to copyrighted songs have been ineffective.

    While the settlement clears the way for Audiogalaxy to leave its legal headaches behind, it raises other, equally pressing concerns over the company's future. Audiogalaxy has attracted millions of Web surfers by offering a broad menu of free music -- a deal that almost certainly will not survive the settlement.

    The tough road to legitimacy for file-swapping companies was illustrated last year by Napster, which added filters aimed at blocking its users from trading unauthorised files, only to shut down voluntarily when they proved insufficient. The company has remained dark ever since. It filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, although it still awaits a chance to come back online, according to its primary backer, German media giant Bertelsmann.

    The Audiogalaxy settlement comes as the RIAA continues to wage a legal battle against a string of other free-file swapping services, including StreamCast Networks and its Morpheus software, Kazaa, Grokster, MP3Board and Madster, formerly known as Aimster.

    According to Download.com, a software aggregation site operated by News.com publisher CNET Networks, the software has been downloaded at least 30 million times.

    "This is a victory for everyone who cares about protecting the value of music," Hilary Rosen, chairman and chief executive officer of the RIAA, said in a statement. "This should serve as a wake-up call to the other networks that facilitate unauthorised copying."

    Audiogalaxy's chief executive, Michael Merhej, could not be immediately reached for comment.

    my comment: another one bites the dust
    [shadow]i have a herd of 1337 sheep[/shadow]
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    Whatís with the pink text?
    Guess I'll just have to find another p2p program.
    Its not software piracy. Iím just making multiple off site backups.

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    For everyone they close down another will come along. How the hell do they think they can control people freely swapping songs? Fight the power!

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