Emusic will monitor Napster users
Posted by Webly
George Orwell | 11.23.2000
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."
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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