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The Court Battle As Napster built up a head of steam and started to make an impact questions were asked about the legality of their actions. Surely it couldn't be legal to give people access to copyrighted music for free.
Napster used the loop hole I mentioned before. Their case was that they could not be liable because they don't actually have any of the copyrighted music. If legal action were to be taken up it would have to be against the huge volume of users that Napster has and not Napster itself.
A task to arduous for most, except for Metallica. Some artists agree with the music revolution whereas some don't. Metallica, probably the biggest heavy metal band in America, strongly disaggreed with Napsters point of view. Thus the Lawsuits insued.
Napster filed a brief on July 3 claiming that the online trading of digital music files falls within the parameters of the Audio Home Recording Act ofwhich permits copying music for personal use. The RIAA, which has sued Napster of behalf of its members for copyright infringement, responded that the federal law provides no legal haven for such action.
District Court here on Thursday. Indeed, the RIAA points in the reply that Napster's own Web site contains a warning to users that unauthorized copying of copyrighted works constitutes infringement, a cautionary note seemingly at odds with Napster's current defense strategy.
The RIAA maintains that Napster, which claims to have 20 million users, contributes to vicarious and contributory copyright infringement by providing a directory of available copyrighted music that can be downloaded for free directly from each user's computers.
The court battle rages on and will do for the foreseeable future. The future of Napster is in the air. However I think that it is so revolutionary that this particular technological advancement should not be subjected to such menial copyright laws.
Napster is the future of music. For too long the music buying public have had to buy music in album format. Artists make an album, it consists maybe of a few desirable songs and the rest of the songs are not so desirable.
However we have had to purchase the whole album to hear the music we want to hear. It's the new radio. I own the Napster software and treat it like a radio. If I'm interested in a song I will download it to listen to it.
I see Napster as a great medium for artists to get thier music out there. The songs I download introduce me to an artist whose album I will purchase on the strength of these songs, not as before on the strength of a single or a biased review.
A case in point is Radiohead.
A huge band this side of the atlantic but in the US they were never concieved as anything special. True enough they were beginning to break the states but a number one album in the states was surely beyond them. The album in Question is "Kid A" and was until recently number one in the US charts since the day of its release.
The same album was available via Napster for weeks before its release and became the most downloaded album at the time.Record sales Table is a meta-analysis of eight IFPI annual reports In , m physical albums were sold in the UK, compared with m in and m in At an average price of £, CDs were more than 25% cheaper in than in From TVs and home an analysis of the napster technology and mp3 sharing online appliances to mobile phones and computer.
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