RIAA NAG NAPSTER

The Recording Industry Association Of America says the current set-up is like "calling an umbrella full of holes a hurricane shelter"...

The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA) have requested NAPSTER radically change their filtering system, claiming the current, “archaic” set-up is like “calling an umbrella full of holes a hurricane shelter”.

As previously reported on NME.COM an injunction was served on Napster earlier in the month requiring the controverisal file-sharing network to remove copyrighted material from its service.

Record labels were required to provide Napster with the filenames of the MP3s it wants removed. Following the notification of the filenames, Napster then had three days to remove the offending material.

Now, the RIAA have gone to court once more in the US, claiming that the filtering system, which Napster implimented to restrict the flow of copyrighted MP3 files from its service, is ineffective.

Instead, the RIAA want Napster to impose a “filter-in” system, which would only allow Napster users to download MP3 files that are authorised to be there.

In a written statement, RIAA president Hilary Rosen said: “Napster seems to have adopted the most porous filter available…calling this type of filter effective is like calling an umbrella full of holes a hurricane shelter. It’s not working, it never will work and Napster should be ordered to implement an effective filter or to change its filtering method.”

The RIAA claim the major problem in the current system is the block on copyrighted music can be avoided by slightly reanaming the filename of the MP3.

According to MTV news, Napster CEO Hank Barry has also prepared a statement, defending Napster’s action in its compliance to block the controversial files.

In 1999 the major record labels under the banner of the Recording Industry Association Of America launched a copyright infringement case against Napster. They claim that Napster are infringing on their copyright by allowing users to download MP3 files for free.