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    cnn headline news just did a segment on spyware: what it does and how to get rid of it!

    ad-aware and spybot were featured.


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    Great to see Thftware/Spyware getting some well deserved media coverage as a form of terrorism. Wish the Fed Cyber-terrorism unit would release some real facts on how these hidden browser plug-ins allow for scrapping privacy and CC info from secure servers.

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    Remember our fight last year with the P2P wanks installing spyware/theftware as a hidden bundle in the copywrite thievery business? Maybe the spin off from Napster are going to feel some more legality heat as legit businesses go after ALL the P2P perps.

    Bertelsmann Sued for $17 Billion Over Napster
    Thu February 20, 2003 05:55 PM ET
    By Merissa Marr and Sue Zeidler
    NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A music industry group including publishers of rock hits ranging from "Jailhouse Rock" to "Walk Like An Egyptian" sued Bertelsmann AG for $17 billion, alleging the German media company helped the one-time cult song-swap service Napster deprive them of royalties.

    Songwriters and composers in the complaint alleged Bertelsmann BERT.UL perpetuated Napster by investing more than $100 million in the Web site that was ultimately forced to close in 2001.

    In a new twist to the legal battles against Napster, the suit says Bertelsmann's funding amounted to "willful participation ... in the widespread infringement of copyrighted music works."

    The suit, filed on Wednesday in a Manhattan federal court, seeks class action status to include members of Harry Fox Agency, a rights organization representing more than 27,000 song publishers. Ironically, Bertelsmann's BMG is one of 27,000 music publishers represented by the Fox agency and would be among the plaintiffs of a class action suit.

    BMG could opt out of the suit, but one lawyer familiar with such cases said it would risk separate lawsuits by its own songwriters if it did so.

    Plaintiffs include songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who ruled the R&B and pop charts in the late 1950s and early 1960s with such hits as "Hound Dog" and "Stand By Me." Among other plaintiffs, the case named publishers Frank Music Corp. and Peer International Corp.

    A Bertelsmann spokesman in Germany declined to comment, saying the company could not even confirm it had been notified of the suit. An attorney for the music publishers would not comment beyond the court documents.

    Founded by college student Shawn Fanning in 1999, Napster became one of the hottest properties on the Web. But its following of some 60 million fans downloading song files from central servers made it the nemesis of the music industry.

    Bertelsmann, which owns one of the world's top five music companies BMG, shocked the industry when it invested in Napster, aiming to launch a legitimate subscription version of the service. At the time, BMG was suing Napster along with other music companies.

    THROWING LIFELINE

    The latest lawsuit claims that in throwing Napster a lifeline, Bertelsmann "remarkably, did not condition its funding on Napster's stopping its infringement" of publishers' rights.

    The complaint said Bertelsmann "made a deliberate and calculated business decision to continue the infringing service in order to preserve Napster's valuable user base for Bertelsmann's own benefit."

    The music publishers are seeking "statutory damages in an amount not less than $17 billion."

    Under the helm of former chief executive Thomas Middelhoff, Bertelsmann was one of Napster's biggest funders, investing 103 million euros ($111 million) in Napster in the form of a secured loan, including some $83 million related to technology licensing.

    As other music companies questioned Bertelsmann's relationship with Napster, the German company has tried to shield itself from liability by insisting the investment was just a loan.

    Bertelsmann's plans to launch a legitimate service were scotched last year after Napster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and a U.S. court ruled the German group could not buy the assets due to objections by Napster's creditors.

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