In what some legal analyst are calling the most bizarre case in Travis county history, Cliff Lewis, 24, is being sued by best friend Jason Obrien, 24, for pirating a CD with material downloaded from Napster.
According to prosecuting attorneys, Mr. Obrien had simply loaned a "mix" CD with various songs downloaded from the now defunked internet swap service Napster to Mr. Lewis. Attorneys for Mr. Obrien argue that there was never any discussion between the two friends about Mr. Lewis possibly copying the CD that he had borrowed.
Mr. Obrien in a statement released to the media sounded shocked and betrayed by the actions of his "so called" best friend. "I thought he was just borrowing the CD for his own listening enjoyment. I never in my wildest dreams thought that my best friend would go behind my back and betray me by burning a copy of the CD for himself."
Friends of Mr. Obrien said that ever since the demise of Napster Mr. Obrien has drastically changed his opinion on the issue of "music sharing."
A friend of Mr. Obrien's who wished to remain anonymous had the following to say:
"Jason was all for music swapping until the courts ruled that Napster was violating copyright laws. Now he feels that he has wronged many artists and has taken a strong stance against music swapping. It's very strange."
Mr. Obrien's attorneys have said that there will be no out of court settlement and that Mr. Obrien intends to fight his friend all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.