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Wired: RIAA: No Hyperlinking Allowed

Jun 27, 2000, 07:53 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad King)

"In the midst of the file-trading craze caused by Napster, the recording industry has been forced to turn its attention back to shutting down MP3 FTP sites, in part because of an automated aggregation website."

"On Friday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a suit against content-aggregation site MP3Board.com. The copyright infringement suit filed in federal district court in New York claims that the website knowingly gathers, indexes, and organizes links to sites where illegal files are offered for download...."

"By using three automated search engines, MP3Board.com is able to aggregate hyperlinks to thousands of websites that offer music files for download. Before posting the link, they are checked automatically to make sure the site is live."

"If this kind of automated hyperlinking is ruled illegal, the Internet is going to grind to a halt," said Ira Rothken, legal counsel for MP3Board.com."

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