Mike Lorrey wrote:
> Napster is not in violation of copyright law because it does not itself
> in the distribution of MP3 tracks for profit, it produces software that
> people to trade MP3 tracks, with NO method of exchanging any payment for
> trade of MP3 files. Napster software users MIGHT be in violation of
> they are charging a fee for the distribution of MP3 files via the Napster
> software, which Metallica and the rest of the recording industry has not
> able to prove.
As I understand it, you don't have to charge money to violate copyright,
just damage the author's ability to make money from their work by it's use.
Probably Napster does have a leg to stand on; if they are infringing
copyright by providing a way of moving mp3s between people, then so is
email, and any other form of digital transmission.
I wonder; if I were to provide a free freight moving service to anyone in
the street, and did this in the middle of riot (so that my primary customers
were looters), would I be infringing any laws?
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