"I had no luck in buying the content, paying for the content to be backed up or facilitating a relationship with Archive.org," says Michael Robertson about his MP3.com archive with more than 250,000 artists after meeting with Vivendi.

CNET bought the domain and Vivendi Universal warned it would be shut down. Primetones, a music delivery company and Indie site Talentmatch.com offered to host the files.

"We're about to lose a museum filled with digital antiquities that are every bit as meaningful as their physical counterparts filling today's museums," Robertson clames.

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