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InfoWorld/Reuters: Tech Giants Weigh in on Napster Controversy

“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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