Shockwaves from the controversy surrounding Napster and the music industry
make their way to America Online, as the Internet giant decides to
pull a search engine that ferrets out MP3s on the Web. Yet even while AOL
works to ensure its subscribers aren't pirating copyrighted music online,
new software taps the company's instant messaging technology to swap
AOL pulls MP3 search engine
The online giant says it has scrapped a search engine
that finds links
to downloadable music files, many of which are pirated copies of songs.
AOL Instant Messenger gets Napsterized
A new Napster-like program springs up online that piggybacks on the popular instant messaging service, limiting swaps of music and other files to close, trusted groups of people.
Scour draws big-name lawyers to copyright suit
Top lawyers step to the aid of the Napster-like file-swapping service that stands at the center of a major entertainment industry lawsuit over alleged copyright violations.