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Open-Source 'Napster' Shut Down 
by Christopher Jones 

1:25 p.m. 15.Mar.2000 PST 
An open-source project started by
members of AOL's Nullsoft music division
has been closed down just hours after it
was announced to the Net public. 

Justin Frankel and Tom Pepper, founders
of Nullsoft and the popular Winamp MP3
player, have been developing a
file-sharing software tool which could be
even more potent than Napster in letting
users share MP3 files over the Net. 

But the "Gnutella" project may never get
past its current beta stage if AOL
determines the project is a threat to
record labels Warner Music and EMI,
which would become part of AOL this
year if pending mergers are approved. 

"The Gnutella software was an
unauthorized freelance project and the
Web site that allowed access to the
software has been taken down," said Josh
Felser, general manager for AOL's Spinner
and Winamp projects. 


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