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The week ahead: Net music's judgment day

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff is expected to rule Wednesday in New York on whether MP3.com willfully violated copyrights of Universal Music Group.

    Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 5 to Sept. 8.

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff is expected to rule Wednesday in New York on whether MP3.com willfully violated copyrights of Universal Music Group. Closing arguments in the case will be delivered Tuesday.

    On Friday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is scheduled to file a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in its legal battle against music-swapping service Napster. After the RIAA brief is filed, the court will schedule oral arguments.

    The Robertson Stephens Internet Conference begins tomorrow in San Francisco, as do the Salomon Smith Barney Technology Conference and the Credit Suisse First Boston West Coast Communications Technology Conference.

    The information was gathered from First Call/Thomson Financial, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

    Other events this week include:

    Tuesday, Sept. 5

    Economic reports:

    The National Association of Purchasing Managers services is an index that tracks how many hard goods were purchased by purchasing managers. The NAPM index is expected to rise to 52.5 percent from 51.8 percent.

    Earnings:

    Tech Data distributes microcomputer products including printers, modems and other peripheral products. Per-share consensus estimate: 67 cents.

    Diversinet makes software that secures e-commerce transactions. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

    Other events:

    The Robertson Stephens Internet Conference is scheduled to take place at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco beginning Sept. 5 and ending Sept. 8.

    The Salomon Smith Barney Technology Conference is scheduled to take place in New York beginning Sept. 5 and ending Sept. 8.

    The Credit Suisse First Boston West Coast Communications Technology Conference is scheduled to take place in Santa Barbara, Calif., beginning Sept. 5 and ending Sept. 8.

    Network Associates will hold a conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco at 3 p.m.

    Wednesday, Sept. 6

    Earnings:

    Stratos Lightwave develops, manufactures and sells optical subsystems and components for high data rate networking, data storage and telecommunications applications. Per-share consensus estimate: 1 cent.

    Methode Electronics makes electronics components for use by manufacturers of cars, computers, voice and data communications and other electronics equipment. Per-share consensus estimate: 24 cents.

    4Front Technologies provides networking and other computer services to corporations and government agencies. Per-share consensus estimate: 2 cents.

    Datatec Systems installs complex computer networks for large corporations. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 1 cent.

    Other events:

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff is expected to rule Wednesday in New York on whether MP3.com willfully violated copyrights of Universal Music Group to profit from a novel Internet music service. He has asked both sides to submit briefs Monday; closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday. Rakoff will rule from the bench Wednesday and decide whether extra damages are needed to deter potential copyright violations by others.

    The International Investment Conference Inc. Las Vegas Investment in Mining Conference is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas beginning Sept. 6 and ending Sept. 7.

    Thursday, Sept. 7

    Economic reports:

    Initial Jobless Claims are expected to fall to 315,000 from 318,000.

    Wholesale Inventories covers the amount of goods in inventories. This number is expected to fall to 0.8 percent from 1 percent.

    Earnings:

    National Semiconductor makes analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits used in communications devices, networking equipment and automobiles. Per-share consensus estimate: 65 cents.

    Alltel offers telecommunications services to 9 million customers in 23 U.S. states. Per-share consensus estimate: 67 cents.

    E-Sim provides advanced simulation technology used in the development, promotion and support of consumer and industrial electronics products. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

    Other events:

    The H.C. Wainwright & Co. Eleventh Biennial Global Manufacturing Technology Investment Forum is scheduled to take place in Chicago on Sept. 7.

    The Lazard Freres & Co. 2000 Logistics Conference is scheduled to take place in New York on Sept. 7.

    Qwest Communications International, which completed its purchase of US West on July 3 for about $44 billion in stock, has scheduled a post-merger update conference call for Sept. 7 at 7 a.m. PT and 9 a.m. PT.

    Friday, Sept. 8

    Events:

    The Recording Industry Association of America's brief is due in appeal of the Napster preliminary injunction order.