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SF Gate: Senate Sidesteps Net Music Dispute Panel says it will let the courts decide downloads

Jul 12, 2000, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carolyn Lochhead)

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"The Senate indicated yesterday that it wants no part of the hottest controversy in the music business, ensuring that the youth-driven trend to download music from the Internet will continue to reshape the industry, at least for now."

"After listening to Metallica rocker Lars Ulrich square off with the Byrds folksinger Roger McGuinn over the evils and joys of Internet music downloads, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R- Utah, said, "I think the courts can handle it."

"Hatch said the Senate will keep "a close eye" on the raging copyright fight between the recording industry and Internet music distributors, such as San Mateo-based Napster, but will take no action now."

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