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CNET News.com: Judge issues injunction against Napster

Jul 27, 2000, 08:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland, Cecily Barnes)

"A federal judge today ordered Napster to halt the trading of copyrighted material, saying the founders of the enormously popular music-swapping site have "created a monster."

"Napster attorneys said the injunction could shut down the service until a trial is held later this year because the company cannot easily filter out copyrighted material. If a planned appeal fails, the order takes effect Friday at midnight PT."

"The order, however, does not directly affect the estimated 20 million people who have used Napster's software to download countless MP3-encoded songs since last year. The record industry would have to file separate lawsuits against individuals, which is highly unlikely."

"Napster is enjoined from copying or assisting or enabling or contributing to the copy or duplication of all copyrighted songs and musical compositions of which the plaintiffs hold rights," U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered during a hearing in San Francisco federal court."

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