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CNET News.com: Copyright defendant Napster finds its code posted

Jan 26, 2000, 15:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"Napster, which stands accused of facilitating illegal music downloads, saw the tables turn this week as a college student posted documentation of how its software program works."

"The privately held Silicon Valley start-up created software that lets Net users trade audio tracks encoded in the popular MP3 format directly from their PCs. The company last month was slapped with a lawsuit from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which accused it of "facilitating piracy."

"But now it's Napster that is lodging an intellectual property complaint."

"Stanford University senior David Weekly posted a page describing the Napster protocol, or the way Napster's servers communicate with users' computers and transfer information."

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