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ZDNet UK: Napster imitators are coming thick and fast

Apr 05, 2000, 00:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Pearse)

"Music site WiredPlanet is beta testing a Napster like MP3 file sharing community that uses streaming technology to avoid legal pitfalls."

"The software will allow users to search other members' MP3 collections and have the chosen track streamed to them. As this method involves no actual copying of copyright content, the company believes that it is operating within the law...."

"The massive popularity of the MP3 file sharing community Napster has seen the spawning of a host of imitators hoping to cash in on consumers' inexhaustible appetite for free music. However the content providers and copyright holders have woken up to the threat of such systems and are becoming increasingly litigious in defence of their intellectual property."

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