The complaint alleges that Napster, Inc. The injunction was slightly modified by written opinion on August 10, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65 c requires successful plaintiffs to post a bond for damages incurred by the enjoined party in the event that the injunction was wrongfully issued. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.
Napster Napster was started in by Shawn Fanningthen an year-old freshman computer science student at Northeastern University.
Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the preliminary injunctionon the grounds that the plaintiffs demonstrated a reasonable likelihood of success.
They considered the potential that in some cases, wholesale copying of a work may be protected, noting time-shifting as an example. Sampling was deemed to not be a fair use, because the "samples" were in fact permanent and complete copies of the desired media.
Diamond Multimedia  cases applied in this case because the "shifting" in neither case included or enabled distribution. By contrast, the court found that the owners of Napster could control the infringing behavior of users, and therefore had a duty to do so. The Ninth Circuit affirmed this analysis, finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in proving that Napster did not have a valid fair use defense.
Contributory infringement[ edit ] In order to prove contributory infringement, a plaintiff must show that a defendant had knowledge of infringement here, that Napster knew that its users were distributing copyrighted content without permission across its network and that defendant supplied material support to that infringement.
The Ninth Circuit upheld this analysis, accepting that Napster had "knowledge, both actual and constructive, of direct infringement. Universal City Studios, Inc. Netcom might be relevant.
Based on that case, We agree that if a computer system operator learns of specific infringing material available on his system and fails to purge such material from the system, the operator knows of and contributes to direct infringement.
Conversely, absent any specific information which identifies infringing activity, a computer system operator cannot be liable for contributory infringement merely because the structure of the system allows for the exchange of copyrighted material.
Applying this rule, the Ninth Circuit nevertheless concluded—in agreement with the district court— that Napster has actual knowledge that specific infringing material is available using its system, that it could block access to the system by suppliers of the infringing material, and that it failed to remove the material.
Thus, the court affirmed the District Court ruling that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed on a claim of contributory infringement. Vicarious infringement[ edit ] Addressing the vicarious infringement claim, the court then considered the necessary factors: The system was not designed to read the contents of MP3s or check for copyright ownership or permissions, only to index by name and ensure they are valid MP3 files.
The Ninth Circuit disagreed slightly with the District Court on the safe harbor issue, however, finding that the contributory infringement does not necessarily exclude a party from safe harbor protection. The court held that the safe harbor issue would be explored further at trial.
Rejecting this argument, Judge Patel wrote, "This limited evidence fails to convince the court that the record companies created the monster that is now devouring their intellectual property rights. But the court also again noted that Napster must police the system within its means: Napster is the best-known example of a new technology deploying what has come to be called peer-to-peer networking, a system in which individuals can search for and share files that reside on the hard drives of other personal computers connected to the Internet.
Peer-to-peer file sharing allows individuals to bypass central providers of content and to find and exchange material with one another. The decentralized model of peer-to-peer networking poses a significant challenge to sectors of the entertainment and information businesses that follow a model of centralized control over content distribution.
However, this is not the sort of challenge that copyright law is designed to redress. They concluded, "If Plaintiffs want copyright law extended to allow the suppression of new technologies, they must make their case to Congress.
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