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.
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Now that its legal troubles are behind it, Napster wants to team up with European firms to boost its legal music download service
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.
The company joins a $17 billion legal onslaught against Bertelsmann, alleging that the German media giant perpetuated piracy by keeping Napster alive.
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.
Britain's legal Napster alternative offers cut-priced deals for early subscribers, but still hasn't sorted out those all-important deals with the record labels
The king is dead, long live capitalism...
International versions of Napster have sprung up around the world, but they're meeting legal resistance, led in many areas by a newly prominent organization that's fighting piracy.
Wippit, the UK's legal alternative to Napster, insists it is all set to launch by this autumn
New legal documents filed by song-swapping company Napster show the company's bitterness at being forced to deliver its new product under such tight supervision.
Napster legal documents complain that the judge gave far too much power to its technical advisor--making him the company's de facto chief technical officer.
Copyright issues kept the online music dispute bubbling as Napster continued its legal battle and record labels began shipping copy-protected music CDs.
Embattled song-swap service Napster Inc. has vowed to appeal a new legal ruling which forbids it from resuming service until it can guarantee it is not violating music industry copyrights.
150 independent labels will provide music for the online party...
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.
Radiohead fans thwarted by the record industry's legal hold on Napster have another place to hear the British rock band's new album before its official release.
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.
Some analysts are saying that Napster is hanging by a deteriorating thread as its legal and financial problems take a toll.
The music industry shows no mercy as Napster struggles for its survival. Two new lawsuits seek unspecified damages. And a class action decision looms.
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.
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