Court orders Aimster to halt Web access

RIAA takes action as Netco fails to stop flow of pirated works

WASHINGTON — An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against file-swapping company Madster — aka Aimster — to shut down all Internet access to its system.

The order came at the request of the Recording Industry Assn. of America, which said that Aimster was snubbing an earlier court instruction to halt the flow of pirated works.

In early November, U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen specifically ordered Madster to “immediately disable and prevent any and all access to the plaintiffs’ copyrighted works … including, if necessary, preventing any and all access to the Aimster system and service in its entirety.”

Aspen agreed with the RIAA that a temporary restraining order was needed to enforce the earlier ruling.

“Aimster and (founder) John Deep have no excuse for not complying with the court’s Nov. 4 preliminary injunction,” RIAA prexy Cary Sherman said. “This temporary restraining order will certainly make clear that the infringement must stop immediately, whether that is through Aimster’s actions or actions by its Internet service provider.”

Neither Madster nor Deep could be reached for comment.

The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until Dec. 22 or until the court dispenses further rulings.

Tuesday’s order also directed Madster to immediately disable and disconnect any and all computers, including servers, used in connection with any system or service owned or controlled by Madster.

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