A federal appeals court has denied Napster's request for a permanent "emergency stay" of operations, Billboard Bulletin reports. Tuesday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in

A federal appeals court has denied Napster's request for a permanent "emergency stay" of operations, Billboard Bulletin reports. Tuesday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco effectively closes the door to any further appeals from the Redwood City, Calif.-based file-sharing service. "We now look forward to moving ahead with our motion for summary judgement," says Recording Industry Association of America senior executive VP/general counsel Cary Sherman in a statement.

The same court in July granted Napster the right to resume operations despite a federal judge's order to keep the service shuttered. Napster, which hasn't been operational since the original ruling, says it is in the process of developing a subscription service slated for release this fall. The company had no comment on the ruling.

Earlier this week, Napster hired former Netscape VP/GM of directory and security Claire Hough for the newly created position of VP of engineering. Hough is expected to oversee the development of Napster's subscription service.

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