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InfoWorld/Reuters: Tech Giants Weigh in on Napster Controversy

Sep 02, 2000, 17:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sue Zeidler)

"Trade groups representing some technology giants filed briefs to a federal appeals court expressing concerns about an injunction issued last month by a U.S. District court against song-swap company Napster."

"The CCIA said it joined with others in the technology community in filing two amicus curiae briefs in the Napster case before the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. CCIA filed two briefs, one jointly with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Digital Future Coalition (DFC)..."

"While not taking a position on Napster's potential liability as a contributory or vicarious copyright infringer, the briefs argue that the lower District Court misapplied and misinterpreted several key provisions of Federal copyright law and Supreme Court precedent, the CCIA said... "There is tremendous public value in people having reasonable access to a wide range of products and technology," Black said.

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