2003 – U.K. police clear Massive Attack’s Robert “3-D” Del Naja of internet child porn offenses following a raid on his home in February.
2000 – John Lennon’s legendary “Imagine” piano is the key item at a combined live and Internet auction of Beatles collectibles.
2000 – Madonna contacts the World Intellectual Property Organization to see if she can pry the Web site domain name www.madonna.com away from Dan Parisi, a Webmaster who specializes in Internet porn.
2000 – Sony Music U.K. launches its first free Internet download of a complete song. Irish singer/songwriter Paddy Casey’s “Whatever Gets You True” is available as a download in the Windows Media format for one month at www.paddycasey.com.
1999 – The surviving members of The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to launch Pixelon, a new internet video company.
1999 – George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.
1999 – Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Fla.- based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names donhenley. net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-es. com constitutes copyright infringement.
1999 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince steals the show at the second annual Yahoo! Internet Life Awards, held at Studio 54 in New York. He wins best Internet-only single (“War”) and leads an impromptu musical reunion that features James Brown saxophonist Maceo Parker and four members of Sly & the Family Stone.
1999 – At a news conference in Los Angeles, it is announced that previously unreleased tracks from Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos are to be offered via the Internet in conjunction with a promotion of their forthcoming tour sponsored by controversial digital music provider MP3.com and retailer Best Buy.
1999 – Internet search hub Lycos launches a Web radio network that features five music channels. The Lycos Radio Network contains hip-hop, modern rock, smooth jazz, country, and pop formats. The service, which also contains video streaming, is hosted by live Internet DJs.
1998 – Spice Girls fans receive an early present when Virgin Records posts the video to the group’s newest single, “Goodbye,” on the Internet at www.virginrecords.com/spicevideo. Visitors are able to see the clip in its entirety, as well as access backstage interviews and snippets from the Girls’ “Live At Wembley” longform video.
1998 – Internet gnome David Bowie unveils his Bowienet online community.