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CNET News.com: Napster, universities sued by Metallica

Apr 14, 2000, 08:03 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"Heavy-metal band Metallica sued the Napster MP3-trading software company and a trio of universities today, charging that together they were responsible for massive violations of the band's copyrights."

"It is the second time the young company has been brought into court facing charges that its popular music-swapping software is being used illegally. But it's the first time that universities, which have been struggling to manage their own students' use of the service, have been brought into the legal firefight."

"Napster has built a business based on large-scale piracy," the band's lawsuit reads. "Facilitating that are hypocritical universities and colleges who could easily block this insidious and ongoing thievery scheme...."

"Napster's attorneys had no initial comment on today's suit, other than to say that Metallica had moved to court without first trying to settle the issue."

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