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Napster loses second ruling

The European Parliament yesterday approved rules stopping file-sharing services such as Napster from distributing music without the artists' prior consent.
Written by Ben King, Contributor

The European Parliament yesterday approved rules stopping file-sharing services such as Napster from distributing music without the artists' prior consent.

MEPs voted for a compromise proposal allowing individuals to copy music for their own use, but restricting their rights to swap copyrighted content. The ruling will bring the EU into line with the US. On Monday, a US Federal appeals court upheld an earlier ruling compelling Napster to stop allowing users to swap copyrighted content using its technology. The music industry has greeted the ruling enthusiastically, but experts fear that many users will continue swapping copyright music on other systems such as Gnutella, which are less centralised and harder, if not impossible, to control.
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