Former Napster COO Hit and Killed By Police Car While Biking

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On Sunday afternoon Napster’s former COO Milton Olin was hit by a sheriff deputy’s patrol car while biking in Calabasas, California.

The car and the bike were headed in the same direction, the officer was on routine patrol. Police said Olin was in the bike lane when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer involved was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Traffic Services Detail is investigating the death.

Olin was 65 years old and married with two sons. He practiced entertainment law for 38 years and co-founded Altschul & Olin LLC. He was Napster’s COO from 2000 to 2002, back when they were a file sharing site. Prior to that Olin was A&M Records‘ VP of Business Development.

32 Responses

  1. Sequenz_

    So the sheriff deputy’s patrol car was biking in Calabasas. Then, what was Milton Olin doing?

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  2. Anonymous

    “He was Napster’s COO from 2000 to 2002, back when they were a file sharing site”

    You mean back when it was an organized crime site.

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  3. Billy Dutton

    I must say I’m a bit disappointed that mention of Milts death was not made in this widely read industry news outlet sooner, like Monday. I might also say that (most of) the initial the comments made are extremely insensitive and must also be made by people not very connected to the music industry as most of us know what a great loss this is.
    Milt was one of the most loved and revered humans in a business that quite often lacks of humanity, and the list of people that call him both a colleague AND a friend is matched by few others. His illustrious career is known to everyone in the music industry and reaches far beyond what he did at Napster, where he was brought on to bring the vastly popular but unauthorized file sharing service to a complaint business. He was chosen to be the one to try to work with the labels not just because he was the most qualified, but because people LOVED working with this wonderful man. We all know how hard it is to work with the major labels and this was a priority if there was going to be any chance for success. Many believe that the labels failure to work with Napster was the beginning of the end of an economically viable industry.
    Again, the missed opportunity for this normally insightful music industry news outlet was to pick up where the major news publications failed. In their normal lazy journalism ways, everyone from the Times to the Huffington Post ran the headline focusing on the Napster COO that was killed in a very unfortunate accident. But the Napster period of Milts career was just a chapter bookended by an amazing run building a star studded A&M Records and his current practice where his client list of companies and artist that is truly a who’s who in the industry.
    Milt leaves behind a family much greater than his wife Louise and his sons Chris and Jeff, but a family of everyone who was lucky enough to know him and spend time with him in any capacity. Rest in peace Milt.

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      • GGG

        As I said last time you masturbated in the comment section of an article about a dead person, 4chan comes to mind as someplace you will fit well.

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        • Anonymous

          Your own past as a pirate explains your views, GGG…

          But this really isn’t the place to promote pirates, pedophiles or other cyber criminals.

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          • GGG

            He worked at a label prior, and went back to being a lawyer after. You have no idea what he tried to do with Napster while he was there. Maybe there’s a reason he wasn’t there long.

            You get off attacking about dead people, admit it. Sick.

          • Anonymous

            GGG, your attempt to rewrite history is even more hilarious than this: 🙂
            Kim Jong-Un Photoshops His Uncle — Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

            Like I said:

            Napster was the worst of all organized copyright crime syndicates of its time — and that is escpecially true for the period 2000-2002 when Olin was its COO:

            That’s when Napster stole everything it could get its hands on; that’s when everybody sued Napster; that’s when Napster lost in District Court; that’s when the Ninth Circuit upheld District Court’s decision, and that’s when Napster went bankrupt.

            Again: This is a music site and not the place to promote pirates, pedophiles or other cyber criminals, living or dead.

          • Anonymous

            GGG, your attempt to rewrite history is even more hilarious than this: 🙂
            Kim Jong-Un Photoshops His Uncle — Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

            Like I said:

            Napster was the worst of all organized copyright crime syndicates of its time — and that is escpecially true for the period 2000-2002 when Olin was its COO:

            That’s when Napster stole everything it could get its hands on; that’s when everybody sued Napster; that’s when Napster lost in District Court; that’s when the Ninth Circuit upheld District Court’s decision, and that’s when Napster went bankrupt.

            Again: This is a music site and not the place to promote pirates, pedophiles or other cyber criminals, living or dead…

          • Anonymous

            GGG, your attempt to rewrite history is even more hilarious than the one below: 🙂
            Kim Jong-Un Photoshops His Uncle — Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

            Like I said:

            Napster was the worst of all organized copyright crime syndicates of its time — and that is escpecially true for the period 2000-2002 when Olin was its COO:

            That’s when Napster stole everything it could get its hands on; that’s when everybody sued Napster; that’s when Napster lost in District Court; that’s when the Ninth Circuit upheld District Court’s decision, and that’s when Napster went bankrupt.

            Again: This is a music site and not the place to promote pirates, pedophiles or other cyber criminals, living or dead.

          • Anonymous

            Well GGG, I’ve posted and reposted a reply 3 times over the past 12 hours but it never showed up, so…

            However, I’m sure you can see how nutty your message is by now… 🙂

          • GGG

            No, all these, and your being the first post in the other thread about him, proves you’re a weird fucking necrophiliac who gets off gloating about dead people. It’s weird and creepy. But again, try out 4chan, you’d fit in quite well.

            Funny you don’t make the same remarks about your dead career, though. Too personal?

    • Paul Resnikoff
      Paul Resnikoff

      I think there are a lot of important criticisms here, many of which I accept. We were unfortunately late on the story for a number of reasons, but I won’t make any excuses.

      I think the more scary part of this is why a Los Angeles Sheriff ran into Olin in the first place. The more I’m digging into this, the worse it’s looking.

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      • Anonymous

        “I think there are a lot of important criticisms here”

        Not really, but Mr. Dutton does have one point: You never know how many times you have to send a reply — sometimes it takes an hour for a message to appear, sometimes 12, and sometimes it never shows at all.

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  4. Billy Dutton

    I must say that I was disappointed that this widely read music industry news outlet failed to run a story about this tragedy sooner. I’m even more disappointed by the insensitive remarks by (most) of the readers that clearly must be outside the music industry. Milt Olin was one of the greatest humans to work in an industry that quite often lacks humanity.

    Again, the missed opportunity for this news service was to pick up where the lazy journalism from the Times to the Huffington Post failed in qualifying their tying this great man to Napster, forever the poster child for ushering in the era of unauthorized file sharing. The fact is that Milt was brought on to bring the vastly popular service to be a compliant business. He was chosen to work with the labels not only because he was the most qualified, but because if anyone was going to have a chance to create a productive conversation with the oft unmoving executives and counsel of the majors, it would take a man of Milts character. Most in the industry today believe the unwillingness of the majors to work with Napster was the beginning of the end for economic stability in this industry.

    The fact is that the Napster era of Milts career is just a small chapter bookended by building a star studded A&M Record company and an illustrious law practice that represented a list of companies and artists that make up the top shelf of who’s who in the industry.

    He leaves behind a family much greater than just his wife Louise and sons Chris and Jeff, but that of everyone who was lucky enough to spend time with him in any capacity. Rest in peace Milt.

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  5. Billy Dutton

    Sorry for the repost, I didn’t think the first attempt posted. And who is it that thinks anyone will give there comments any credence (regardless of how lame) if you are going to hide behind “Anonymous”.

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  6. Anonymous

    Your own past as a pirate explains your views, GGG.

    But this really isn’t the place to promote pirates, pedophiles or other cyber criminals.

    Reply

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