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Wired: Napster Ordered to Shut Down

Jul 27, 2000, 00:04 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad King)

"Napster, the controversial file-sharing service that has been the scourge of the music industry since it was launched late last year, has been ordered shut down."

"In a scathing decision Wednesday afternoon, Judge Marilyn Patel of the Northern California Federal District Court, ruled to grant the recording industry a temporary injunction to shut down the service, effective immediately."

"In a lengthy statemenet, the judge said the recording industry had shown the likelihood to win a trial, while the defendants had failed to prove it had substantial non-infriging uses."

"She even cited Napster executives for downloading copyrighted music onto their hard drives."

"The signficant use of this service is obviously trading copyrighted material without obtaining copyright holders' permission," she said."

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