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A Tasini in waiting-in the Music industry??
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- Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 18:18:17 EST
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January 31, 2002 NYT Times http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/31/technology/31NAPS.html Record Companies on the Defensive By MATT RICHTEL The major record companies, which two weeks ago surprised analysts by seeking a temporary suspension in their copyright lawsuit against Napster, were about to face potentially damaging inquiries into their own behavior on maintaining copyrights. According to transcripts made public today, the judge in the case said on Jan. 16 that she intended to grant a request by Napster to explore whether the record companies might have colluded to prevent Napster and other online music competitors from licensing music to sell on the Internet. The judge, Marilyn Patel of the Federal District Court in Northern California, also said she would allow Napster to explore whether the record companies might not control all the copyrights they claimed to own. ...Mark Radcliffe, a copyright lawyer in Silicon Valley, said that if Napster was permitted to seek evidence about copyright questions, such evidence could provide the basis for a viable defense in trial. And it could challenge how much control over music copyrights the labels were entitled to have, he added. "The labels are deathly afraid these ownership issues will come up in court," Mr. Radcliffe said. ....Judge Patel also said she planned to allow Napster to gather evidence to support its claim that the record companies did not necessarily control the Internet distribution rights to all the copyrights they claim to own. --end of excerpt--