The studios in their complaint reportedly allege that Aimster seeks "to supplant Napster as the preferred forum for the illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted works."

AIMSTER IN MORE TROUBLE

Movie Studios, Music Publishers Take Numbers, Wait For Chance To Sue
Problems continue to mount for file-sharing network Aimster, which has been hit with two new copyright infringement suits.

Six major film studios—Disney, MGM, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Universal—filed suit against the company in California, while Time Warner filed a separate complaint in New York.

The studios are seeking an injunction to keep Aimster from facilitating the trading of copyrighted works, as well as statutory damages, which could run as high as $150,000 per work infringed, according to Daily Variety.

The studios in their complaint reportedly allege that Aimster seeks "to supplant Napster as the preferred forum for the illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted works." The only difference between Napster and Aimster, the studios alleged, is that Aimster users can trade in any type of file, including digitized motion pictures.

Separately, a group of well-known music publishers, including Lieber & Stoller and the estate of Rodgers & Hammerstein, filed a similar suit against the company in Manhattan District Court.

These latest legal maneuvers follow lawsuits filed by Aimster against the RIAA and the RIAA’s counter-suit for copyright infringement.

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