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CNET News.com/Reuters: Hatch troubled by Napster court decision

Feb 15, 2001, 21:43 (4 Talkback[s])

"The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday he would hold hearings to examine the impact of a court decision that said the Napster online music-swapping service violates copyright law."

"I guess my feeling about this Ninth Circuit decision is a gnawing concern that this legal victory for the record labels may prove pyretic and shortsighted from a policy perspective," Hatch said in a speech on the Senate floor."

"Hatch agreed with the court's finding that Napster violated copyright law, but said that if it is shut down, people might migrate to decentralized systems like Gnutella that are more difficult to control."

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