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by Stephen Pizzo
05/12/2000

"No one goes into this business to tick off the recording industry unnecessarily," attorney Andrew Bridges told the Industry Standard magazine. He should know. Bridges had to defend (successfully) the maker of the Rio portable MP3 player against the Recording Industry Association of America. "On the other hand, the recording industry doesn't play fair, and no one can wait for the RIAA's consent or approval in order to develop a business plan."

And they are not waiting. While Napster licks its court-imposed wounds, Napster-clones continue to proliferate.

Program

Launched

Web Address

Gigabeat

June 2000

http://www.gigabeat.com/

Gnutella

March 1999

http://gnutella.wego.com/

iMesh.com

August 1999

http://www.imesh.com

Myplay

October 1999

http://www.myplay.com

Scour Exchange

April 2000

http://sx.scour.net/

Wired Planet

January 2000

http://www.wiredplanet.com/

Wrapster

March 2000

http://www.pconline.com/~meany/

Napigator

January 2000

http://www.napigator.com

Gnutella-clones

 

www.zeropaid.com/downloads/gnuclones.shtml

 





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