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Salon: Court to Napster: You're going down

Jul 27, 2000, 07:19 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Damien Cave, Kaitlin Quistgaard)

"The judge vents her wrath on the Napster "monster" and closes the music-swapping service -- for now."

"As of Friday at midnight PDT, Napster must shut down -- or find some way to prevent its 20 million users from trading any songs copyrighted by the 18 record companies suing the MP3-swapping service for copyright infringement. This was the order of U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, who on Wednesday granted the recording industry the preliminary junction it was looking for, after poking holes in Napster's arguments throughout a tense two-hour hearing."

"It's pretty much acknowledged by Napster that this is infringement, because of the users' agreement which implies infringement and by statements made in their own documents," Patel said, in explaining her ruling -- which, barring last-minute legal maneuvering or reversal between now and Friday, will remain in effect until she reaches a final decision in the case. The "statements" she refers to are early e-mail messages written by Napster's teenage founder Shawn Fanning and others who helped build the business, touting their software as a way to get your favorite songs."

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