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MusicDish Comments on Napster Preliminary Injunction Ruling
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2000-07-28
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"Based on Napster's arguments, the ruling was no surprise in the least," commented Eric de Fontenay, Co-Founder & CEO of Tag It. "Now the ball is in the labels' court. Napster has proven that there are enormous potentials in the P2P model, having attracted over 20 million loyal users at a comparatively bargain price. The labels have a responsibility to the artists they represent and their shareholders to maximize the revenue potentials and exploit new business models. In shutting down Napster without providing consumers with a viable alternative, the RIAA have thus far only shifted file sharing to other file sharing systems that are much less vulnerable to legal challenge. If the industry is to benefit from the new opportunities afforded by the Internet, they will need to take a hard look within at their own business strategies."

Sounni de Fontenay, Tag It COO & Editor in Chief of MusicDish, states that, "While the RIAA and it's representative labels have once again won the battle, they are quickly losing the war. They have yet to step up to the plate to provide consumers with an easy and legal way of getting the music they want digitally. With the victory against Napster, the RIAA can now count on 20 million users to seek out their favorite artists online through whatever means available, legal or not."

Sounni added "The RIAA's tactics are analogous to killing a weed but leaving the root to fester. At first, you vanquish one enemy only to give rise to more numerous, resilient enemies. Consumers have made their voices heard and it is up to the music industry to listen. It is time that the industry pays attention to the root issues brought about by digital music such as MP3."

Associate Editor of MusicDish.com, Michele Wilson-Morris in discussing the decision with AtNewYork.com said she expected the injunction to occur, "given the preliminary indications most people expected this to happen. We are glad to see that a message has been sent that infringement of copyright will not be tolerated. We hope this provides clear guidelines for any company that uses file sharing technology."

"Much as email, P2P represents an exciting new way for individuals to communicate and network with others," remarked Stephanie Polatsik, Tag It CIO. "These elements are proving essential factors behind the creation of a killer app. But technology must be applied in a responsible manner that respects the concerns of copyright holders while meeting consumers' need for a user-friendly means of accessing digital goods."


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