Napster banned at US Universities 
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Written by AVRev.com   
Friday, 01 September 2000

College students have recently found a new past time; downloading songs on Napster. The file sharing service that has been under fire from major record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has caught on so big with the college set that 34 percent of American universities have banned the use of Napster according to a report from the technology market research company, Gartner Group.

Many universities questioned the ethics of allowing students to use their computers to trade to copyrighted materials, but ultimately the reason given for this ban was due to the strain on the universities networks. The number of students transferring of MP3 files was simply choking off their bandwidth.

Napster continues to increase in popularity as it broke into the Media Metrix list of top 50 websites this month. The music file-swapping company's site had 5.4 million visitors in July, making it the 47th most-visited site. The actual file swapping is not done at the website, but the Napster software can be downloaded there and users can read press releases and information from Napster at the site.

Napster, lead by attorney David Boies, will return to court the first week of October. A panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments from the RIAA Napster of copyright infringement. Until them, users will be able to continue using the service. AudioRevolution.com will keep you posted as more Napster information is released.







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