Updating an earlier story, Napster says it has begun blocking unauthorized songs from its file-sharing service, as it promised at a hearing last Friday, Billboard Bulletin reports. However, the proced
Updating an earlier story, Napster says it has begun blocking unauthorized songs from its file-sharing service, as it promised at a hearing last Friday, Billboard Bulletin reports. However, the procedure, as proposed by Napster, calls for several steps before it can take action.
At Friday's hearing in U.S. District Court to modify the preliminary injunction against Napster, the company proposed that in order for it to block a song, rights-holders must submit the artist's name, song title, file name, and certification of ownership. Napster also wants three days from time of notification to block the tracks.
The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) opposed the motion, arguing that Napster has the burden of policing its own system in a timely manner, under the earlier ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The RIAA and Napster are set to continue to hammer out terms of the injunction at a mediation meeting on Friday (March 9).
Napster said Sunday evening that it had deployed its newly developed screening technology and has begun blocking songs by such artists as the Beatles, Billy Joel, and Pearl Jam. The company would not say how many songs it has blocked. Metallica, which filed its own copyright-infringement lawsuit against Napster, has had some of its songs removed from the service, including "Enter Sandman," "Killing Time," and "Unforgiven."
However, the band's "I Disappear" from the "Mission: Impossible 2" soundtrack remains on the site because Napster has not received "notification," according to a spokeswoman. Dr. Dre, who also filed a suit, has not submitted a list that meets the company's requirements, according to the spokeswoman. His songs have not been blocked from the service.
The RIAA suggested Friday that Napster start by blocking songs and artists that appear on the Hot 100 and The Billboard 200. Songs by acts on both charts, including the current No. 1 single, Joe's "Stutter," were still available Monday (March 5).