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Gentoo: We're not the Napster of Open Source

In response to my recent blog entry regarding Sun's OpenSolaris, its 1600 patents and whether they'll create a safer legal haven to which Linux developers will be drawn, the folks at Gentoo are disputing my characterization of their Portaris and Portage technologies as being Napster-like facilitators that can grease the wheels of open source license violation.

January 31, 2005 by

Roxio wraps Napster for Christmas

Roxio says the new service, Napster 2.0, will likely debut during the holiday season, with the largest legal music catalogue in the world--close to half a million songs.

July 28, 2003

EMI sues Bertelsmann over Napster

The company joins a $17 billion legal onslaught against Bertelsmann, alleging that the German media giant perpetuated piracy by keeping Napster alive.

June 5, 2003

Bertelsmann licenses Napster technology

Bertelsmann E-Commerce Group's online music initiative, BeMusic, has licensed technology from Napster. The agreement does not cover Napster's signature peer-to-peer file-swapping technology, but instead encompasses Napster's instant-messaging, chat, music-streaming and search functions. BeMusic, which has not launched, will combine Bertelsmann's music retail divisions such as the BMG Direct record club, CDNow and the Myplay online music locker. BeMusic is expected to launch in 2002. Nearly a year ago, Bertelsmann agreed to invest in Napster and has continued to invest in the controversial service despite its ongoing legal troubles.

October 23, 2001 by

Yahoo treat for Radiohead fans

Radiohead fans thwarted by the record industry's legal hold on Napster have another place to hear the British rock band's upcoming album before its official release.

June 3, 2001 by

Hello, computer: Radiohead plays on Yahoo

Radiohead fans thwarted by the record industry's legal hold on Napster have another place to hear the British rock band's upcoming album before its official release. Web giant Yahoo said Friday that it will let people listen to Radiohead's upcoming album, "Amnesiac," in its entirety before it's due for release June 5.

May 31, 2001 by

Napster pledges to end copyright wrongs

Controversial file-sharing service Napster has said it is ready to limit access to non-copyrighted material over its site, in a bid to avoid closure due to its ongoing legal fight with the US recording industry.

March 5, 2001 by

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