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RIAA: Napster's Filtering Not Effective

The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) says Napster is defying the injunction against it by using crude filtering technology that allows nearly 100% of unauthorized songs to remain on th

The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) says Napster is defying the injunction against it by using crude filtering technology that allows nearly 100% of unauthorized songs to remain on the service.

"The bad faith in implementing the injunction is very frustrating," says RIAA president/CEO Hilary Rosen. "There has been no effective filtering of the copyrighted material, and we believe it is willful."

In a brief filed yesterday (March 27) with U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, the RIAA says it has provided Napster with a list of about 675,000 protected works with 8 million file names that should be blocked. The RIAA says that in a spot check of 7,000 of them, 70% were found by an artist and title search; variations in spelling located the rest.

Since the injunction was issued March 3, Napster has filed two compliance reports. Napster CEO Hank Barry says the service is "aggressively complying" with the injunction and has blocked access to more than 275,000 songs with 1.6 million file names.

A compliance hearing is set for April 10..