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 (www.metmaniac.com) 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.