Napster's Filtering Efforts Fail To Impress Judge
Calling Napster's compliance efforts "disgraceful," Judge Marilyn Hall Patel has ordered the file-swapping company to meet again via a conference call on Friday (April 13) to discuss other filtering oCalling Napster's compliance efforts "disgraceful," Judge Marilyn Hall Patel has ordered the file-swapping company to meet again via a conference call on Friday (April 13) to discuss other filtering options with representatives from the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) and her newly appointed technical expert, Dr. A.J. "Nick" Nichols.
Napster and RIAA representatives met yesterday (April 10) in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to discuss compliance issues surrounding the modified preliminary injunction issued by Patel on March 5 to block access to copyrighted songs on Napster. Patel, RIAA outside counsel Russell Frackman, Napster attorney Robert Silver, and technical experts from both sides will be present on the Friday call.
After yesterday's hearing, RIAA senior VP/general counsel Cary Sherman said Patel was upset with Napster's excuses and nitpicking over how songs and artist names would be submitted. "She sent them a message that the court will not tolerate this and that they have to get their act together," said Sherman. "This injunction is going to be enforced, and they got that message."
Just prior to the start of yesterday's hearing, Napster announced the acquisition of Gigabeat Inc., which has developed various music search and identification technologies that can be used to help comply with the preliminary injunction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Gigabeat co-founders Dr. Wilburt Labio and Dr. Narayanan Shivakumar and its team of 18 engineers will join Napster, bringing in a high level of expertise that could help the site meet its court-ordered goals..