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USA Today/AP: German court: AOL liable for music piracy

[ Thanks to George
Mitchell
for this link. ]

“In a ruling that could give the music industry a weapon
against Internet piracy, a court said Wednesday that America Online
is responsible when users swap bootleg music files on its
service.”

“AOL Germany said it would appeal. It argued that it lacks
technical means to monitor the service’s huge data flow and that it
had closed down the forum where music was illegally swapped after
learning of it.”

“Gema, Germany’s main music licensing group, said the verdict
was a signal that Internet services need to introduce technologies
to protect copyrights online.”

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