Court gives Napster breathing room

The music swapping service wins a small victory and gets some help from the record labels pending its larger court case.

CNET News staff
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Wins small victory pending larger court case

By CNET News.com Staff
March 6, 2001, 5:30 p.m. PT

A federal judge orders Napster to stop some song trades, but the record industry must help the service find those songs--despite individuals' attempts to mask them.

Settlement chances appear dim
news analysis The next few critical days and weeks will determine whether there will ever be a new Napster, some analysts say.
March 6, 2001, 5:00 p.m. PT  
Fans squeeze through loopholes
For faithful Napster members wondering how they'll get free music from now on, solutions are quickly making the rounds.
March 6, 2001, 1:10 p.m. PT  
Judge lets Napster live despite injunction
update The music-swapping company must begin blocking songs through its service, but a judge denies the record industry's appeals for a broader order.
March 6, 2001, 2:35 p.m. PT  
Court lays down terms
document Judge Marilyn Hall Patel spells out details of the court injunction, describing how Napster is to block songs from its service.
March 6, 2001, 12:00 p.m. PT 
Napster screens songs; files slip through
audio | update Offering its first tangible olive branch to the record industry, Napster turns on a filtering system meant to block thousands of songs.
March 5, 2001, 11:35 a.m. PT 


Vivendi warms to Napster proposal
The media and entertainment giant warms to the idea of joining Napster's new online music venture with Bertelsmann.
March 5, 2001, 3:20 p.m. PT  
Rivals unlikely to throw up filters
The company's plans to block some music from its system could put pressure on other services to do the same, but don't expect any rush to filter.
March 2, 2001, 3:50 p.m. PT  
Aimster fights labels with own fuel
One music-swapping alternative is using the law in a bid to escape a similar legal fate as Napster.
March 2, 2001, 1:10 p.m. PT 

Holding court
Jan. 1999 Shawn Fanning, 19, creates Napster, allowing Web surfers to open their hard drives to other people and swap MP3 files.
May Napster Inc. is founded.
The record industry charges Napster with violating federal and state laws through copyright infringement.
Jan. 2000 Universities clamp down on Napster, citing beleaguered bandwidth.
A Stanford University senior posts a page describing how Napster's software works.
April Metallica and Dr. Dre sue Napster and some universities, charging that they are responsible for copyright violations.
U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel orders Napster to stand trial for copyright infringement.
Napster receives $15 million in venture capital from Hummer Winblad.
June 13 The Recording Industry Association of America seeks a preliminary injunction against Napster, raising the possibility that the service will stop.
David Boies, the Justice Department's special counsel in the Microsoft antitrust case, joins Napster's legal team.
Patel orders Napster to halt the trading of copyrighted material.
The appellate court allows Napster to remain in operation while it prepares to hear an expedited appeal.
Napster's legal team asks the appellate court to overturn the lower court's order.
A panel of appellate judges harshly grills lawyers for both sides before adjourning without a decision.
Bertelsmann forms an alliance with Napster to develop a subscription service.
Jan. 2001 Joel Klein, the former antitrust chief for the Justice Department, is named chairman and chief executive of the U.S. division of German media giant Bertelsmann.
A three-judge panel asks a lower court to narrow an earlier injunction, stopping short of immediately halting music swapping on Napster.
Napster offers record labels $1 billion for the right to allow copyrighted music to be traded on its network.
Napster asks a full federal appeals court to review the three-judge decision that could shut it down.