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Appeared on: Friday, May 05, 2000
Judge Calls MP3.com's Arguments 'Indefensible' In Copyright Suit

"...A federal judge said Thursday that MP3.com's claim that its online CD storage service made fair use of music industry recordings was "indefensible."

The free service is built around a computer database holding the music of approximately 80,000 albums. When a My.MP3.com user puts a CD in a computer disc drive while connected to the Internet, the service identifies the disc, then instantly puts MP3 copies of its songs in the user's online account. The user can then listen to that music, but not download and save it, from any computer with an Internet connection.

"Copyright ... is not designed to afford consumer protection or convenience but, rather, to protect the copyrightholders' property interests," the judge wrote..."



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