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Emusic will monitor Napster users

http://www.emusic.com/about/pr/pr138.html
Posted by Webly George Orwell | 11.23.2000


Emusic
sent a ripple of anxiety through the Napster community in an announcement that may represent the beginning of a worsening of relations between the file-sharing company and more moderate digital music providers.

Saying negotiations with Napster had been unsuccessful in addressing the problem of unauthorized distribution of MP3s, the company announced that it will employ a technology called acoustic fingerprinting to monitor the movement of copyrighted files on Napster.

When the system detects an Emusic MP3 on a Napster user's hard drive, the offender will be sent a warning by instant message. Users will have a 24 hour grace period in which to delete offending files before Emusic asks for a ban.

"We have proposed a number of viable solutions" the company said in a statement "-- including detailing to Napster a fairly simple technology that would effectively block the unauthorized sharing of our music files without disrupting Napster users' accounts. Napster's unfortunate and inflexible response has been that EMusic's only course of action is to request that offending users' accounts be cut off completely."

The question many people who use Napster are asking: just how exactly are we supposed to know where an MP3 comes from in the first place?

It's not like the things have little stickers on them.

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