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TVT ALSO SUES NAPSTER

Record Label Takes Number, Joins Line That Now Stretches Down The Street, Around The Corner

TVT Records filed suit Wednesday against song-swap software company Napster Inc., alleging violations of copyright law, mirroring litigation brought by the record industry in December.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks damages and an injunction barring the San Mateo, CA-based company from allowing TVT's songs to be listed on directories that allow the music to be traded and ultimately downloaded onto a user's computer.

"We at Napster are sorry that others think the future of music will be forged in a courtroom," said Napster's interim Chief Executive Hank Barry in a statement. "We are confident of our position in court. We are even more confident that the future of music will be made by people working together to harness new technology rather than to repress it."

TVT joins rap star Dr. Dre, heavy metal band Metallica and the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the five largest record labels in the world, all of which have filed separate suits against Napster claiming copyright infringement.

As reported here 5/25 (see story), TVT also has a suit pending against MP3.com.

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