it was bertlesmann AG (i'm not sure if they're a member of RIAA..bertlesmann is the mega-european media company. They probably are though) that made the deal with napster. However, bertlesmann obviously does not speak for the rest of the companies that were still involved in the suit, such as Universal records.
Actually i believe bertlesmann was named in the suit, because their deal with napster was drop litigation once napster came up with a viable business plan for charging customers, which so far has not been put into action.
The way I see it, napster as we know it will soon be dead. Not that this is a bad thing..we've all learned alot from napster and just how powerful and viable its idea is. Now is the time for others to come and take its place, the sons of napster so to speak.
Now i know some will say "yes, look at gnutella!"..but none of the current alternatives i would say are viable replacements. Certinaly not gnutella whos protocol is too flawed for its current use, much less mainstream.
But i bet it wont be long before someone comes up with a good plan that corrects some of the issues with napster, while making the service just as useful.
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