Napster patrols its own beat

The service plans to block thousands of music titles as it continues its court battle. Will Napster fans abandon the service for less-restricted swapping spots?

CNET News staff
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Service to voluntarily block thousands of songs

By CNET News.com Staff
March 2, 2001, 3:50 p.m. PT

The popular music-swapping service says it will block several titles to counter legal pressures from the record industry. Although fans have been faithful, with new restrictions they may seek alternative networks.

Napster to voluntarily halt song trades
audio | update The service says it has created a way to screen individual file names that would likely go into effect this weekend.
March 2, 2001, 2:40 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 file-swapping services to do the same, but don't expect any rush to filter.
March 2, 2001, 3:50 p.m. PT  
Fans undaunted by constraints
Although they're quick to defend the music file-swapping service, fans seem to have little loyalty to Napster as it battles the courts.
March 2, 2001, 3:35 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 

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Napster: We'll police our beat
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RIAA: Act now, Napster
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Digital music post-Napster
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Rival services prepare for onslaught
video Napster clones are bracing for their biggest test yet in anticipation of their role model being shut down.
March 1, 2001, 3:00 p.m. PT 
RIAA's Rosen courts streaming companies
Streaming media companies are in a race to create sustainable businesses that deliver music over the Web.
March 1, 2001, 12:45 p.m. PT 
Napster offers recording industry $1 billion
video | update Executives offer record companies $1 billion over five years for the right to allow copyrighted music to be traded on the service.
February 20, 2001, 5:45 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.