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Judge orders Napster to stay offline

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 12 Jul 2001 4:55

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel yesterday ordered Napster to stay offline until it can provide 100% effectiveness in its song-screening technology. Napster told judge that it can provide over 99% effectiveness, but this didn't do any good, since judge demanded zero-tolerance.
"The Court's ruling today that Napster must block all file transfers threatens all peer-to-peer file sharing over the Internet and is at direct odds with the 9th Circuit's ruling," Hank Barry, Napster CEO, said.

"While we are disappointed by this ruling, we will work with the technical expert to enable file transfers as soon as possible and we are continuing full steam ahead toward the launch of our new service later this summer."

Napster has been offline since 2nd of July after it experienced technical problems with its song-screening database.

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