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MP3.com still on the hook
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-01-03
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Source: MusicDish - December 30, 2001

You'll have to wait until May this year before you'll find out if MP3.com is going to be successful against copyright infringement suits brought against it by 62 music publishers. But in the meanwhile, music publishers say they won a victory in their ongoing case against MP3.com when on December 18, 2001, US District Court Judge Jed Rakoff issued an order in their favor.

On November 28, MP3.com attorneys asked the judge to dismiss two of three claims alleging their client is responsible for, "facilitating the unauthorized copying of the music publisher's songs by subscribers of MP3.com's services". The second 'vicarious copyright infringement' claim holds MP3.com responsible for the 'viral distribution' of the publisher's songs across peer-to-peer networks, such as Napster and MusicCity.com, after subscribers copied songs from the MP3.com services. But, say the happy music publishers, "Following two hours of oral arguments before the court, the judge chose not to dismiss the claims from the bench and filed his order this week."

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