Oasis targets Internet piracy

LONDON — The British pop group Oasis is threatening to sue fans running unofficial Oasis websites on the Internet, the first time a music act has entered the Internet intellectual copyright fray.

The group’s management, Ignition, has e-mailed a statement to the hundreds of sites warning that they have 30 days to remove copyrighted photos, video clips, lyrics and sound samples from the net.

Furious fans are said to have countered by forming an action group, Oasis Webmasters for Internet Freedom.

Ignition said the move was a “preventative” measure prompted by the discovery last year that tracks from U2’s latest album, “Pop,” were illegally available on the Internet prior to the record’s release.

Oasis also has disclosed that its new album is to be called “Be Here Now” and will be released Aug. 18.

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