Napster users trade albums to beat filters

Summary:Napster fans are beginning to trade entire albums as a way to get around copyright filters that have made it more difficult to find popular tracks on the file-swapping service. At least 50 record albums so far have been found on Napster, as reported by research firm Webnoize.

Napster fans are beginning to trade entire albums as a way to get around copyright filters that have made it more difficult to find popular tracks on the file-swapping service.

At least 50 record albums so far have been found on Napster, as reported by research firm Webnoize. The albums include music from Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong and a host of other popular artists.

Although Napster continues to make efforts to block songs from being traded on its service, some are still slipping through the cracks. In March, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered Napster to halt swaps of copyrighted music.

"Napster is making its best efforts to remove all noticed works and any variations of noticed works," said a Napster spokesman. "If you look at the volume of content that is available on there now, it has dropped dramatically ever since the injunction was filed and that is the direct result of the filtering efforts that we are doing and the fact that we are making a great effort to comply with the injunction." -- Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News

Topics: Tech Industry

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