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[FYI] Linux Today: SF Gate: Napster's Success Hits Sour Note


SF Gate: Napster's Success Hits Sour Note
Mar 5, 2000, 15:40 UTC (4 Talkbacks) (Other stories by Benny Evangelista) 

"For a startup with an unfinished software product, a teenage founder and an
interim chief executive officer, Napster Inc. is stirring up big waves on the

"The San Mateo firm's... program has become a huge underground hit because it
allows Internet users to find and share easily free copies of songs from the hottest

"Hundreds of thousands of college students are using Napster, searching from a
virtual library of millions of MP3-formatted songs stored on one another's computer
hard drives." 

"... the world's biggest record companies... have hit Napster with a lawsuit,
accusing the 10- month-old firm of promoting music piracy." 

"More than 100 universities have banned Napster because so many students are
using it to download MP3 songs that they are clogging up college Internet

"Analyst Rob Enderle of Giga Information Group said it will be difficult for
the RIAA or the music industry to pull the plug on Napster or similar
technology now that it is out." 

Kristian Köhntopp, NetUSE Kommunikationstechnologie GmbH
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