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WILL THE NAPSTER SUITS STOP?

Manager Sues Site On Behalf Of Jefferson Airplane, It’s A Beautiful Day, Moby Grape

Matthew Katz, the original manager and producer of Jefferson Airplane, has filed a copyright infringement suit against Napster, its executives and supporters in the music industry.

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The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on Monday alleges copyright infringement, contributory and vicarious infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Katz, who is seeking statutory damages in excess of $10 million, owns the copyrights to various songs from bands including Jefferson Airplane, It's A Beautiful Day and Moby Grape.

Katz told The Hollywood Reporter that due to Napster swapping his copyrighted songs, "We virtually have been put out of business. I haven't sold anything since January. Everything I do is for collectors and hard to get, so this is hitting me really hard."

Napster's big day in court is July 26, when Judge Marilyn Patel will hand down a ruling on the RIAA's litigation against the file-swapping service.

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