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Napster is a music sharing program freely downloaded from the Internet It allows you to search for song titles and download them to your computer into files called mp3s The Recording Industry Association of America has sued the creators of Napster with the premise that they are encouraging music piracy On March 6th 2001 a federal judge in San Francisco posted a preliminary injunction that ordered the music industry to provide Napster with a list of artists song titles and the specific file names under which songs are being illegally distributed Napster officials were then ordered to block access to the files listed But this doesnt solve anything Until the music industry realizes that people are going to continue to trade music on the Internet they will be fighting an uphill battle Since the ruling about Napster came down there have been multiple copycat programs such as gnutella Freenet and Centrata created and readily available on the Internet Even before the injunction was posted people were coming up with ideas to get around the injunction Napster users have started misspelling the artists name or the song title so it wont be detected by Napsters filtering software Even more extreme a 21 year old Canadian entrepreneur named Matt Goyer is planning on setting up a program similar to Napster on an island off the coast of Britain This way he is outside of any governmental laws He said he would probably need 10 from 1500 upset Napster fans to get it started but he doesnt think that will be a problem However there has been one group suspiciously absent from all of these ideas The music industry they have yet to embrace the Internet as a means of supplying fans with the music that they want to listen to What the music industry needs to do is partner up with Napster or a similar company and allow people to download the music they
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