Tuesday, August 19, 2008
RIAA Shutters Muxtape Website
The web is aflutter over a playlist-sharing website to shutter its service temporarily while it work out some legal issues with the recording industry.
Muxtape allows people to compile and upload their music playlists -- not the actual music -- so that others can discover new music and share their likes with friends without actually uploading music, which stumbles across of copyright law.
The site posted a notice late last night explaining the decision to shutter is only temporary.
This is the second recent shuttering of a site that merely allows people to share information -- not the actual music -- about music. However, legal experts believe Muxtape may be on solid legal footing, despite the halt.
"I think they have a strong legal defense," Von Lohmann told RollingStone.com. "The problem is if they might not have that money to go to court and take on the RIAA."
The site has attracted a strong following of netizens who viewed the network as a great way to skirt around the sometimes Draconian legal wrangling of the recording industry, which has resorted to scores of high-profile lawsuits against people who share digital music files.
By Brad at 08:12 PM | Comments (0)