Judge pulls plug on Napster
from CBC.ca archives | Thu, 6 Jul 2000
SAN FRANCISCO - It's been a blur of day and night downloading for some music fans over the past 24 hours, after a California judge said he plans to shut down Napster Inc., an Internet service that lets people copy music for free.
Ruling that the song-swapping service looked like a simple cover for music piracy, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered Napster to cease trade in music covered by Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA) copyrights by midnight Friday.
Recording industry corporate giants had targeted Napster as a high-tech haven for piracy and copyright infringement.