August 22, 2000
MP3 site blames AOL for legal problems
Author: JT Smith
MP3Board.com, a small MP3 search site being sued by the record industry for allegedly helping to spread copyed songs online, is spreading the blame to America Online, according to a story on CNEt. The company is asking that a judge declare its searches of the free-ranging Gnutella file-sharing network to be legal. But if those searches of Gnutella aren't legal, then AOL -- which employed the programmers who originally created Gnutella -- should share some of the liability, MP3Board's lawyer says.