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Napster Court Case Update
Terry Keenan, Steve
CNNfn: Street Sweep
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TERRY KEENAN, CNNfn ANCHOR, STREET SWEEP: A federal judge
today issuing an injunction ordering Napster to eliminate all
copyright materials in its system. The file-sharing service
has 72 hours to comply. Our Steve Young has been following the
story, and he joins us now with the latest. Steve, so is it
STEVE YOUNG, CNNfn CORRESPONDENT: Well, it`s not over until
it`s over. It could be as quick as three days. Judge Patel
(ph) was told by an Appellate court to refine and make clearer
her order. She says that the music industry, Terry, has to
give a list to Napster of the files. Clearly, Napster is a
little bit flat footed, we`re looking at its web site right
now, and it does not take note of any of this. If we make that
go away, you can see that there`s a whole list of music files
still there. Some people were saying right after this had been
issued that in a sense it gave Napster a little breathing
room, because it puts some burden on the music industry to
provide a list of variations in name, which is how some of the
users are getting around this. But an NYU business school
expert says he thinks there`s a greater burden on the company.
NICHOLAS ECONOMIDES , NYU STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS:
I think, practically speaking, the greater burden is on
Napster, because the music industry can easily find all of the
variations and list them down on a piece of paper, but it`s up
to Napster to go hunt them down and find them, and find them
in all sites.
YOUNG: Now, that said, it wasn`t very hard for us to find
people working around the prohibitions until now. Napster had
been trying to block sort of an preemptive move. We saw a
17-year-old Danny Ganst today out in Forest Hills, New York,
downloading easily Metallica and Dr. Dre`s demonstration for
us. And he says --- there`s Danny --- that this is not going
to go away. That if they shut down Napster, people will move
on to Nettlea, or Aimster or something else. Terry?
KEENAN: Danny had a snow day? Is that why he wasn`t in
school? Or you are just a bad influence?
YOUNG: I`m not sure. Our producer, Mara Wilcox was out
there with Danny. We`ll find out.
KEENAN: OK, you get on it. Thanks, Steve. Steve Young.
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