Court Orders Napster to Stay Shut
Napster fans have little to sing about as the service that allowed users to swap music files will remain shuttered for the time being.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected a motion by
Napster had no immediate comment on the ruling. In a written statement,
In July 2001, Napster
Prior to its shutdown and as a result of those suits, the company had been engaged in a series of attempts to filter copyrighted works from its service and had wrangled in court with the record companies over how the RIAA would deliver to Napster information about which files would have to be filtered out.
Monday's ruling came on Napster's appeal of U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel's order last year to continue its file blocking. Napster had argued to the appeals court that Patel's ruling was vague and that the court lacked the authority to modify its initial injunction against the company.
The company also argued that the shutdown order was too harsh and that Patel used a technical advisor inappropriately in arriving at the ruling. In order to overturn Patel's rulings, the appeals court would have had to find that she committed legal errors.
The court denied all of Napster's motions, writing, "the terms of the preliminary injunction are not vague and properly reflect the relevant law on vicarious and contributory copyright infringement. The shut down order was a proper exercise of the district court's power."
In January, Napster began