MP3.com has rejected claims by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that its site infringes copyright law.

Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of MP3.com, firmly rejects the RIAA allegations.

He said: “Obviously the RIAA was never really interested in talking to us in good faith. We would very much like to engage the RIAA and its member companies in a discussion about the future of digital music.

“The RIAA's action tells consumers they are not entitled to take their music into the digital -age. Our service is no more than a virtual CD player.”

Robertson added: “The RIAA's response was to shoot first and ask questions later.”

Robertson said MP3.com has taken steps to make its services secure, and claimed MP3.com's services exist to give artists and consumers more facility and choice. “We stand ready to challenge your actions and look forward to having our day in court.”