MetManiac Back On The Web

In November the Metropolitan Opera tried to shut down John Patterson’s website devoted to all things Metropolitan Opera. The opera company accused the fan site ( of violating its copyrights and trademarks. An uproar of protest caused the Met to rethink its position, and the site is back in business. The deal: “Mr. Patterson would have the name of his site back for a dollar a year. No video clips, except with permission. And no indication of trading or even any indication that he has a broadcast collection at all. According to Mr. Patterson: ‘I told them, ‘That’s OK. I already have everything I can get. My collection’s more comprehensive than yours!’ He has long stated that he intends to donate his collection to the Met upon his demise.