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Appeals court grants Napster emergency stay

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 28 Jul 2000 15:56

Temporary victory!
A federal appeals court on Friday granted a last minute reprieve to online music company Napster Inc., staying a judge's order that had directed it to pull the plug on its online song-swapping service by midnight Friday.

In a brief order, two judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Napster could remain in business pending a further resolution of the case, a landmark battle over copyright protection in cyberspace.

"The preliminary injunction issued by the district court in this matter is stayed pending further order of this court," the appellate judges said, noting that Napster's lawyers had raised "substantial questions" about the nature of copyright law as it applies to the Internet.

Reuters

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