This Week's Stories: Student liable for links to music sites; Experience Hendrix sues over live record; Microsoft foregoes EU appeal

This Week's Stories:

Norway Student Ordered To Pay For Linking To Music Sites

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's Supreme Court ruled Jan. 28 that a student whose homepage was linked to free Internet music files must compensate the music industry.

The country's highest court upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the student to pay $15,900 in compensation. The published version of the court ruling withheld the student's name.

The student was learning computer engineering in the southern Norway town of Lillehammer when he set up the site as part of a school project in 2001. His site had nothing do with the widely known music site in the United States.

The site provided links to music files in the MP3 format that could be downloaded for free. The site was online between August and November 2001, and provided links to about 170 free music files on servers outside Norway, the ruling said.

The music industry group Tono, Sony Music Entertainment Norway AS, Universal Music AS and others saw the case as an important test of principle, and filed a legal complaint for copyright violations.

In a summary of its ruling, the Supreme Court said the music was clearly published in violation of copyright law, the student violated the law by showing people where to find the illegal music and his actions "were premeditated and worthy of criticism."

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Experience Hendrix Begins Court Battle Over Live Record

By Roger Pearson

LONDON -- The family of Jimi Hendrix launched a royalties claim Jan. 27 in London's High Court against a British label that released a recording of one of the late musician's live concerts in Sweden.

The family's Seattle-based company, Experience Hendrix, is asking Mr. Justice Hart to rule that Purple Haze Records Ltd. and owner Lawrence Miller infringed its rights by releasing last year "Jimi Hendrix Stockholm Concert '69."

Experience Hendrix seeks an injunction barring the sale of the record, delivery of any existing copies and damages of more than £15,000 ($28,000).

Microsoft Won't Appeal EU Ruling On Sanctions

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- Microsoft Corp. said Jan. 24 it would not appeal a European Union court order to immediately implement antitrust sanctions, but it remained optimistic of eventually prevailing in its main case.

In December, the software giant lost a bid to delay sanctions imposed by the EU's executive Commission, but it is continuing with a separate, main appeal against the Commission's decision that it abused the near monopoly of its Windows operating system. "Microsoft has decided to forego its right to appeal the Court of First Instance's ... ruling of Dec. 22, 2004," it said in a statement.