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Friday, 22 November, 2002, 16:19 GMT
Labels accuse file-swap service
The homepage of Madster
The site is still advertising its services
Record companies have filed a contempt motion against music file-swapping service Madster in the US, claiming it has disregarded a court order to stop trading.

US District Judge Marvin Aspen in Chicago had ordered the service - which allows computer users to swap music files over a network - to disable its access to copyright material on 31 October.

The judge said the service violated copyright law by swapping copyrighted songs without paying royalties to artists.

A similar ruling was made against the now-closed file-swapping service Napster.

The contempt motion has been filed by the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade organisation for record companies.

In the motion, they asked that Aspen find the service in contempt of court and appoint a compliance officer who could shut the service down.

Bankruptcy

The service is continuing to advertise its memberships, which cost $US4.95 (3.30) a month.

Madster had started out as a free service called Aimster, but changed its name as part of a settlement against US Internet giant America Online.

America Online's instant messaging system is called AIM.

Its founder, Johnny Deep, is refusing to make comment until he files a response to the motion on Friday.

Deep has filed for bankruptcy, along with two other companies involved in Madster's operation.

But Madster's legal problems may have only just begun.

Other lawsuits against the company have been filed in Chicago.

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