After the Recording Industry Association of America's ("RIAA") attack on the Diamond Rio proved unsuccessful, the music industry turned its attention to the companies enabling reproduction of copyrighted music. Two important cases appeared after the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that Diamond Rio was not infringing on copyrights. These cases, A&M Records, Inc. et al. v. Napster, Inc. and UMG, Inc., et. al. v. MP3.com, Inc., will shape computer technology's effect on American copyright law. This update will discuss these two cases and give brief overviews of the courts' findings and conclusions. These findings will be compared to the ruling in Diamond, and any possible impacts on that decision will be highlighted. In closing, this update will explore some possible theories of resolving this very real conflict between the music industry and the free dissemination of copyrighted materials over the Internet.
Jayne A. Pemberton A. Pemberton,
UPDATE: RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia Systems - Napster and MP3.com,
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