NAPSTER VERDICT OVERTURNED

The site is still legall bound to filter out all copyrighted material...

A US court yesterday (July 18) overturned last week’s ruling that NAPSTER must stay closed until its filtering system is 100% effective.

The initial ruling by Judge Marilyn Patel, which blocked the site from reopening after it closed on July 2 to carry out repairs, was overturned by the 9th US District Court of Appeals.

Yesterday’s decision means that the site can now reopen, but it is still legally bound to filter out all copyrighted material. MTV.com reports Napster’s legal counsel Jonathan Schwartz as saying: “We’re studying the implications of the decision. We continue to push ahead with the launch of our new membership service late this summer.” The site issued a statement to users saying that basic work is almost completed and testing is to begin soon.