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Wired: RIAA Wins Suit Against MP3.com

Apr 28, 2000, 21:36 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad King)

"Months of legal wrangling came to a head Friday when Judge Jed S. Rakoff for the Southern District of New York issued a terse order holding MP3.com "liable for copyright infringement."

"Rakoff said in the one-page order that he would explain his verdict in two weeks. The judge and counsel for each side will meet at 5 p.m. EDT Friday to discuss how the ruling will be implemented, said a consultant for the RIAA."

"We think this is a loss for the labels," Robertson said in a conference call. "When a responsible system like my.mp3.com which requires people to buy the CDs before they can listen to the music is potentially halted, that leaves a vacuum for other services like Napster and Gnutella, which don't protect artists, to flourish."

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