NAPSTER FACING RACE AGAINST TIME

It's a race against time for the file-sharing network...

NAPSTER have been given 72 hours to remove copyrighted MP3 files from their service.

A rewritten injunction was served on Napster on Monday evening (March 5), requiring the controversial file-sharing network to remove material from its service.

According to MTV news, record labels are required to provide Napster with the filenames of the MP3s it wants removed. Following the notification of the filenames, Napster then has three days to remove the offending material.

Hilary Rosen, president of the RIAA said in a statement: “We are gratified the District Court acted so promptly in issuing its injunction requiring Napster to remove infringing works from its system.

“We intend to provide the notifications prescribed by the Court expeditiously, and look forward to the end of Napster’s infringing activity.”

Last week (March 2), Napster offered to filter up to one million MP3 files of copyrighted songs from their service in an attempt to avoid being shut-down. They plan to screen its service for copyrighted file names, provided by record companies, from appearing when users search for songs.

The injunction relates to a copyright infringement case brought in 1999 by the major record labels under the banner of the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA). They claim that Napster are infringing on their copyright by allowing users to download MP3 files for free. An injunction was served last July, but last month an appeal court ruled the injunction should be narrowed.

Following the February hearing, Napster have been fighting to settle the case, and have revealed plans to become a subscription-based service, with funds raised going to record labels.

However, the labels have so far rejected the idea, and some are in the process of developing their own alternatives to Napster.