Judge Refuses To Dismiss Counterclaims In Copyright Suit Vs. Napster Investor

Law360, New York (February 11, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A California federal judge has refused to dismiss antitrust counterclaims in the recording industry’s unusual copyright inducement lawsuit against a venture-capital firm that invested in the previous incarnation of file-swapping network Napster.

District Judge Marilyn H. Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rebuffed the music industry’s motion to dismiss the Sherman and Cartwright Acts counterclaims filed by venture capital firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

In doing so, she rejected the music industry’s argument that Hummer lacked legal standing to maintain...
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