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  U.S. Copyright Office: Brief in A&M Records v. Napster
Napster argued that the activities of its users are immunized by Section 1008 and that, as a consequence, Napster itself cannot be held liable for contributory or vicarious infringement.
Napster's invocation of Section 1008 is flatly inconsistent with the terms of the statute and the legislative policies that underlie the AHRA.
Napster's invocation of Section 1008 cannot be sustained on the basis of Section 1008's own language and legislative history; a fortiori, it cannot be sustained by resort to the language and legislative history of unrelated statutes.
www.copyright.gov /docs/napsteramicus.html   (5986 words)

 Napster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Napster was the first widely-used peer-to-peer (or P2P) music sharing service, and it made a major impact on how people used the Internet.
Napster was the first of the massively popular peer-to-peer file sharing systems, although it was not fully peer-to-peer since it used central servers to maintain lists of connected systems and the files they provided—directories, effectively—while actual transactions were conducted directly between machines.
The years between Napster's demise and the emergence of the iTunes Music Store as the first popular pay-service were squandered as the five major labels failed to agree on a single service or standard for online distribution, launching several mutually incompatible subscription services such as pressplay and MusicNet.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Napster   (2264 words)

 Inside Napster
Napster's management was on a conference call with its legal team trying to figure out how to obey the injunction when they got the news of the stay.
Napster argues that its users are protected by ''fair use'' rights, which let people tape a song or TV show for a friend without violating copyright laws.
Napster executives are exploring a host of options, from charging for ads and sponsorships on its site to charging a monthly subscription fee with a cut going to the record industry.
www.businessweek.com /2000/00_33/b3694001.htm   (4055 words)

 P2P Networks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Napster argued that personal copying of music is protected by federal law under the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, while the judge declared that computers were not classified as home recording devices.
Napster, a peer-to-peer file (P2P) sharing service was developed primarily to copy and swap unencrypted music for free, such as MP3s (a format which compresses the recordings into small, easily shared files, while retaining a high quality of sound).
Napster's contention that it was only a "conduit" for information, it's defense against the RIAA suit of copyright infringement, is rejected by Judge Patel, thereby forcing the motion into the courtroom.
ntrg.cs.tcd.ie /undergrad/4ba2.02-03/p4.html   (4502 words)

 E-center for business ethics
Napster therefore functions as a sort of clearinghouse that members can log onto, search by artist or song title, and identify where MP3s of interest are so that they can download them from another user’s computer hard drive.
Napster supporters contended that the law applies to music downloads because the music is being copied is for personal use, not redistribution for profit.
In late September 2001 Napster agreed to pay $26 million for distribution of unauthorized music in the past and made a proposal that could let songwriters and musicians distribute their music on Napster for a fee.
www.e-businessethics.com /napster.htm   (1596 words)

 CNN.com - Napster to start screening copyrighted material - March 2, 2001
Napster offered a settlement with the record industry last week that was swiftly rejected.
Napster is one of the most widely used Web sites, with 57 million registered users.
The new proposed Napster, slated to launch this summer, also would have limitations of 128 kilobytes per second and lower for sharing files, which would hamper both the speed and quality of music being swapped.
archives.cnn.com /2001/LAW/03/02/napster.hearing.03   (520 words)

 A&M RECORDS, INC. v. NAPSTER, INC., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)
Napster provides technical support for the indexing and searching of MP3 files, as well as for its other functions, including a “chat room,” where users can meet to discuss music, and a directory where participating artists can provide information about their music.
Napster’s failure to police the system’s “premises,” combined with a showing that Napster financially benefits from the continuing availability of infringing files on its system, leads to the imposition of vicarious liability.
Although Napster, Inc. purportedly terminated the users offering these files, the songs are still available using the Napster service, as are the copyrighted works which the record company plaintiffs identified in Schedules A and B of their complaint.
www.law.cornell.edu /copyright/cases/239_F3d_1004.htm   (9755 words)

 Napster suit tests new copyright law | CNET News.com
Lawyers for music upstart Napster are trying to use that same law to derail a multimillion-dollar copyright lawsuit in San Francisco, the outcome of which could weaken the hard-fought act.
Napster's lawyer, Laurence Pulgram of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Fenwick & West, has argued that his client falls under the law's safe harbor because its services are similar to Web browsers or other applications offered on the Web, such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software.
Napster then submitted a motion arguing that the music industry doesn't have a case, citing the digital copyright act as a shield.
news.com.com /2100-1023-239092.html   (1079 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Napster to get Christmas rebirth
Napster gained popularity - and notoriety - as the main hub of unauthorised downloading until it was shut by the music industry in 2001.
Napster 2.0 will also offer customised radio stations and the ability to copy songs onto CDs and other devices, Mr Gorog said.
Some 97% of fans recognised the Napster name and about half said they were willing to pay for downloads, he said.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/music/3102501.stm   (312 words)

 What is Napster? - a definition from Whatis.com
After downloading Napster, a user can get access to music recorded in the MP3 format from other users who are online at the same time.
Napster users can not only play the music back after downloading it but also put it on their own CD (if they have a CD writer).
Napster also allows music to be played from their server and maintains chatting forums.
searchcio.techtarget.com /sDefinition/0,,sid19_gci214513,00.html   (374 words)

 Napster - TechCrunch
The New York Times reported that Napster paid just $43 per AOL subscriber, compared to their own valuation of $328 per subscriber.
And they failed to take into account that the majority of Napster’s market capitalization is from the $90 million or so they have in cash.
Music download and subscription service Napster announced that they’ve hired an investment bank to assist them with a sale of the company earlier today.
www.techcrunch.com /tag/Napster   (1229 words)

 Napster Reviews. Music and recording Reviews by CNET.
Napster has twice revolutionized music downloading: first infamously by facilitating illegal downloads, then by popularizing the notion of "renting" music through its Napster To Go subscription plan.
Napster's online service features a new area called Narchive (the worst name to come out of a committee in some time), a user-created music encyclopedia with live links to songs.
One of the highlights of Napster's content are the radio stations, which are really massive streaming compilations (most can be downloaded in their entirety if you're a subscriber) that have been preselected, though you can have Napster create custom stations based on criteria such as the contents of your music library.
reviews.cnet.com /Napster/4505-3669_7-31302303.html   (2584 words)

 The Day the Napster Died -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Napster, the software application that ignited the music file-trading frenzy, came to an apparent end on Tuesday after its board of directors nixed a sale that would have kept the company afloat.
Napster and its founder held the promise of everything the new medium of the Internet encompassed: youth, radical change and the free exchange of information.
Napster may have been like a shooting star that galvanized the digital world for a brief moment, but his legacy will live on with services like Grokster and Kazaa.
www.wired.com /gadgets/portablemusic/news/2002/05/52540   (585 words)

 9th Circuit Opinion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Napster maintains that its identified uses of sampling and space-shifting were wrongly excluded as fair uses by the district court.
Napster contends that even if the district court’s preliminary determinations that it is liable for facilitating copyright infringement are correct, the district court improperly rejected valid affirmative defenses of waiver, implied license and copyright misuse.
Napster argues that the $5 million bond is insufficient because the company’s value is between $1.5 and $2 billion.
www.ce9.uscourts.gov /web/newopinions.nsf/0/c4f204f69c2538f6882569f100616b06?OpenDocument   (10193 words)

 Napster (pay service) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Napster 2.0 is not a peer-to-peer service, but besides the name and logo this new version does contain some features (such as artist, album and song search) similar to those of the original Napster.
Earlier in October, Napster and Samsung revealed the first Samsung Napster Player, which is currently available at electronic stores throughout the U.S. The press release also claims that Napster 2.0 supports all the leading digital music players currently released on the market, though it does not support the popular Apple iPod.
Napster Light is essentially a basic a la carte service for those who want to purchase their music to keep forever.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Napster_(pay_service)   (1164 words)

 BBspot - Reviews: Digital Music Stores: Napster 2.0
You are also able to look at other Napster users playlists to see what other people are listening to or to find new music.
Napster has over 500,000 songs in their library.
Napster is a good program for finding new music by using the radio stations or by searching other people’s playlists.
www.bbspot.com /News/2003/12/digital_music_store_reviews_napster.html   (648 words)

 Napster For Sale - But This is not a Healthy Company
Napster is inferior and although it was cool back 7 or 8 years ago when it was free, thats just it..
Napster would most likely be my last choice for use now and I believe thats the mentality of many others.
Napster was more coll when it was — more or less — illegal.
www.techcrunch.com /2006/09/18/napster-for-sale-but-this-is-not-a-healthy-company   (1954 words)

 Napster.ca - FAQs
With Napster To Go, you can enjoy everything you get with a Napster Membership plus, you can transfer an unlimited amount of music to your compatible MP3 player for only CDN$14.95 a month.
Napster and Napster Light are compatible with over 75 MP3 players.
Napster and Napster To Go members can also purchase songs for as low as 99¢ a song with Napster Track Packs.
www.napster.ca /faq.html   (1416 words)

 Napster 2.0 Reviews. Music Services Reviews by CNET.
Napster's community features are a definite selling point and are a probable remnant of the old P2P version of the app.
However, unlike the Napster of old, which gave you several ways to get at another user's library, the only way to search members' lists is by genre.
Napster comes preloaded on all Media Center PCs, so you can enjoy your tunes with other networked devices in your abode, such as a home stereo or a TV.
reviews.cnet.com /Napster_2_0/4505-9240_7-30974729.html   (1137 words)

They used such a strategy to strike against the popular MP3 trading program Napster who the association is presently suing (see RIAA Sues Music Startup Napster for $20 Billion).
Since college students are among the biggest users of Napster, and most get their access to the Net free through their universities, schools were the first to be targeted.
We respect the appeal that USC recently imposed on their students and we will fight until every university in the nation realizes that students should be able to use napster and still maintain the universities fair use policy.
www.mp3newswire.net /stories/2000/studentnap.html   (729 words)

 Salon.com Technology | Why the music industry has nothing to celebrate
Napster the company is something different, more prosaic: It's a venture capital-backed Silicon Valley start-up with a lawyer at its helm.
Here's the problem for the record labels and their trade group, the RIAA: Napster the company is an institution they could cut a deal with if they so desired.
Napigator lets users find Napster servers that aren't run by Napster Inc. Over at Opennap, open-source programmers are developing free, Napster-like software for every computing platform under the sun.
archive.salon.com /tech/col/rose/2000/07/27/napster_shutdown   (693 words)

 What is Napster? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer Dictionary
Napster lets users view and download the contents of MP3 directories from other Napster users' hard drives.
Not all Napster users are online at the same time; therefore, what you may not find one day, may, in fact, be there the next.
Napster simply allows individuals to share music, as does tape recorders and CD burners.
www.webopedia.com /TERM/N/Napster.html   (438 words)

Representatives of the music industry are currently suing Napster, an organization that provides software that makes it relatively easy to redistribute music, including copyrighted music.
No one would have an incentive to produce music were Napster and similar organizations allowed to operate.
While, for the time being, we can only cheer Napster and hope they win their lawsuit, if they do not, the courts and SDMI gremlins have as much chance of stopping gnutella as of declaring the tide null and void.
www.econ.umn.edu /~mboldrin/Issues/Napster/napster1.html   (2042 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Napster Online Service at Epinions.com
With Napster 2.0 it is a bit more difficult to explain, and I still don't have a good grasp (I gave up trying to figure it all out).
But even at that Napster does not come up to par with what is on the market: MusicMatch offers up a great collection of music to stream at 128Kbps (including Linkin Park) at only $4.95 a month.
Napster can be called a good start for Roxio, but it definitely needs a lot more work.
www.epinions.com /content_122894585476   (1136 words)

 Napster wildfire spreads beyond music | CNET News.com
Already transcending music, Napster's wildfire popularity is forcing whole industries to reconsider their business models.
For the major studios, it is the technological equivalent of a B-grade horror movie: Digital revolutionaries, emboldened by their initial successes in music piracy, threaten to undermine the film establishment once they can find roads wide enough to transport their spoils.
A blueprint for survival in the age of Napster can be found in the computer gaming industry, which has long been a target of well-organized pirates.
news.com.com /2009-1023-239700.html   (502 words)

 PC World - Napster Offers Free, On-Demand Music
Napster has relaunched the Napster.com Web site by allowing U.S. customers to listen to music free, the company announced today.
Napster will eventually expand the free service to customers outside the U.S. With the new service Napster is attempting to find a digital music model that satisfies fans, musicians, music labels, and copyright holders, Napster Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Gorog said in a press release.
Napster also announced two new features, including NapsterLinks, which allows customers to add links to free Napster music to e-mail messages, instant messages and Web sites.
www.pcworld.com /article/id,125601/article.html   (677 words)

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