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Napster a three-day deadline
Evening News - Scotland
A FEDERAL judge has told online music service Napster it
has three days to filter out the copyrighted music of the
world's major record companies, once the companies submit a
list of tracks they want barred to its users.
The music majors - which have pursued Napster through the
courts for enabling mass piracy - said the injunction finally
brings the fight close to an end.
"Napster will follow the District Court's order," said Hank
Barry, chief executive of Napster.
"Even before the court entered the order, we began making
efforts to comply with what we believed to be the dictates of
the circuit's ruling," he added.
An executive at one of the big five record companies said:
"It is a great victory for us. All the tracks will come off
and Napster will be left like MP3.com, with just a lot of
smaller artists online."
The legal ruling is likely to force a serious scaling back
of Napster's activities and, if it fails to comply with the
ruling, could result in it being shut down.
It is also being closely watched because of its
implications for music, books, movies and other entertainment
being distributed via the internet.
The order by Judge Marilyn Hall Patel will not have come as
a shock to Napster, as it pre-empted the ruling by starting to
filter access to songs over the weekend - but huge numbers of
songs which should have been blocked could still be downloaded
free last night.
The Napster draft proposal to block copyrighted songs was
presented to the court last week - it represented a survival
plan that allows the site to continue operating on a reduced
scale as it seeks to transform itself into a legitimate
Last month Mr Barry laid out a GBP 680 million plan which
he hoped would prove acceptable to the big five labels: Sony,
Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Bertelsmann. But so
far, the industry has not responded favourably.
Despite the deadline imposed by the court, many in the
music industry doubt whether the song-swapping service,
founded by Shawn Fanning, has the technology to protect
Even executives at Bertelsmann, the German media group
which has backed Napster, have acknowledged that there was a
possibility that it might be shut down for a while.
Thomas Middelhoff, Bertelsmann chief executive, has said
that Napster would launch as a fee-paying service from July 1.
An executive from the media group said: "On July 1, there
will be a new model up and running. Copyright will be
respected and everyone will be happy."
Nicholas Economides , an economics professor at New
York University, said he sees the decision as "the beginning
of the end for Napster, at least for Napster as a
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