2008 – Lars fights for an Untarnished image granting an interview with Rolling Stone. Rarely has there been a rock star as maligned for a single incident as Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. In 2000, he became the poster child for bands lashing out at the online world when the band sued Napster following the leak […]
2003 – The file-sharing application Napster returns to the Internet as Napster 2.0, offering a paid-for downloading service.
2003 – Record industry giants Universal Music and EMI sue venture capitalists who funded the MP3-swapping service Napster, alleging they contributed to copyright violations on their recordings.
2001 – Napster executives are told by a federal judge that as soon as the recording industry provides them with a list of copyrighted songs to be removed from their file-swapping Web site, they will have 72 hours to comply. Furthermore, Napster is sued by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for Copyright […]
2001 – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that MP3-swapping Web site Napster must stop its users from trading tunes without the permission of their copyright owners. “The court’s decision … confirms that Napster was wrong in exploiting music by artists who do not want to be a part of the Napster system,” […]
2000 – Mounds of pending litigation against it notwithstanding, embattled music fileswapping service Napster continues to expand with the release of a Macintosh-friendly version available for download. The new Mac version comes complete with exclusive features such as file search logs, “drag and drop” capability, and a color scheme that matches the hues on Apple’s […]
2000 – While TVT Records sues Napster for copyright infringement, it’s discovered that unreleased albums by Radiohead and Oasis are being traded on the MP3-trading Web site.
2000 – The MP3-swapping Web site Napster bans 317,377 users from using their very popular file-sharing site. The list is determined by Metallica’s allegations that the users have pirated the metal giant’s recordings.
2000 – Metallica delivers over 60,000 pages of information to Napster’s San Mateo, Calif., offices, listing more than 1.4 million copyright violations of 95 Metallica songs and recordings by 335,435 distinct users.
2000 – Metallica chat online with fans about their Napster woes. The metal band has also turned over a list of 300,000 Napster users to the company, asking them to be barred from the file-sharing service.