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Date set for Napster case

Landmark trial to start 2nd October

Song-swap company Napster will face the music once more at the beginning of October when the recording industry’s biggest hitters present their arguments in court.

The trial will be watched closely by anyone with an interest in copyright protection over the Internet. The landmark battle has implications way beyond the illegal sharing of CD tracks, potentially touching the world of books, TV and films.

Only last month Napster, which now enjoys more than 20 million users worldwide, was granted a last minute stay of execution after the courts found in favour of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Napster is now asking the appeals court to overturn U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel's 26 July order. Patel ordered Napster to prevent its users from trading copyrighted songs, effectively closing the service down.

Napster officials are hoping to settle out of court by conjuring up a business model that combines online music distribution with copyright protection.


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