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PC Advisor visitors back Napster

Only a quarter want site to be shut down

The law is the law, but that doesn't mean that you have to agree with it.

That, at least, is the result of an exclusive PC Advisor poll, which asked visitors whether they thought Napster should be shut down for making it possible to freely share copyrighted music over the Internet.

Nearly three quarters of visitors who have so far responded to our poll believe the music sharing site should not be shut down.

Only 27.6% agree with the Recording Industry Association of America, the leading recording industry trade association, and its stance that Napster's popular service should be shut down.

Our poll comes hot on the heels of Wednesday's court order that Napster must halt its practices of helping consumers share copyrighted music that they have not paid for. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, ruling in the Northern District of California, ordered Napster to shut down its Web site by Saturday morning.

Napster has already appealed the decision. The company is asking for a stay of the judge's order pending the outcome of the case.

Napster's service provides a central directory of MP3 files, which are compressed digital music files that are not quite CD-quality but which have garnered wide acceptance among younger Web denizens such as teenagers and college students.

Through Napster, users can locate and download the songs they want that are located on other users' computers.

However, because recording companies and artists are not paid for those downloads, companies providing a means for obtaining MP3 files have found themselves embroiled in lawsuits filed by the RIAA and musical groups.

To take part in our poll scroll down to the bottom of our home page and have your say.


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