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RIAA To Sue MP3 Napster

RIAA To Sue MP3 Napster

By David McGuire, Newsbytes.

November 16, 1999

Continuing its strident crusade against music piracy, the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) is planning to sue MP3 "library" Napster Inc., for allegedly trafficking in purloined MP3 files, an RIAA spokesperson told Newsbytes today.

The RIAA will sue Napster - which purports to be the "world's largest MP3 music library" - for "contributory copyright infringement," RIAA spokesperson Alexandra Walsh said.

"We've spent days sampling the Napster community and we've found virtually all of the file traffic is unauthorized," she added.

But Napster executives have a very different take on the issue.

"Napster is a technology that allows people to meet and share music with other people," Napster Vice President of Business Development Bill Bales told Newsbytes today. "We do not support piracy."

Bales stressed that Napster does not sell or post MP3 files but rather allows Internet users to share them online.