From net neutrality to clickwrap: 10 major internet law cases since 2000 | Monsterjam
The case of A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc. was the first major case to address the copyright law issue with regard to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing – and it changed the face of music sharing. as we know in the process. Napster, a peer-to-peer music sharing platform, was launched in 1999 to allow users to access and download digital MP3s from other users’ machines.
Unlike other music sharing platforms, however, Napster’s central server was designed to index the music files of its users and created a list of music available for free download on the platform, thereby removing the need for music fans to buy MP3 music. offered on the Napster platform. This led A&M Records to sue Napster for copyright infringement relating to its role in the distribution of copyrighted works.
Napster’s defense was that it offered users a way to sample music before making a purchase, and that users already owned the music, which it had received through authorized distributions of copyrighted works. . Court ruled in favor of A&M Records, ruling in part that Napster’s P2P file-sharing service was not fair use of copyrighted works, making file sharing much more difficult copyrighted music using these types of online platforms.
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