Film, music orgs sue Aimster

The Motion Picture Association of America and a group of music publishershave separately filed lawsuits against file-swapping company Aimster,charging the company with contributing to copyright violations. Thelawsuits follow a similar lawsuit filed by a group of record labels.

The Motion Picture Association of America and a group of music publishers have separately filed lawsuits against file-swapping company Aimster, charging the company with contributing to copyright violations. The lawsuits follow a similar lawsuit filed by a group of record labels. Each of the organizations is making a claim similar to that facing Napster, which has begun blocking songs from being traded through its service following a court order.

Aimster argues that its service is different, since it is focused on the broader issue of private network communications, and that just one part of this has been swapping of copyrighted works. Even before the record industry's lawsuit, Aimster asked a court for an independent ruling that what the company offers is legal. The last file-swapping company to face such broad opposition was Scour, which went out of business facing a similar lawsuit. --John Borland, Special to ZDNet News