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RIAA sues MP3 site Napster

Wed, 08 Dec 1999 12:37:00 GMT

Justin Pearse

Music site takes advantage of legal grey area to allow large-scale music piracy, RIAA claims

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a suit against MP3 music site Napster, accusing it of operating as a haven of online piracy.

It is charging the site with copyright infringement and alleges that it has created a base for music piracy on an unprecedented scale.

Napster claims that it is trying to promote unknown bands in the same way as sites such as However once users have downloaded the Napster software and log onto the company's servers their personal MP3 collections -- which could include copyrighted material -- are available for download by any other users who are logged on at the same time. Napster operates in a grey legal area, as no copyrighted music actually resides on its servers.