Copyright Infringement In The Music Industry

Law360, New York (February 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Over the last several years, the music industry filed over 20,000 lawsuits against consumers for copyright infringement stemming from the unauthorized transfer of music files over the internet through peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks such as "Napster" or "KaZaA."

One of the latest lawsuits, Atlantic Recording Co. et al. v. Howell, has ignited a hotbed of controversy surrounding the proper scope of the exclusive right of distribution defined in section 106(3) of the Copyright Act.

Specifically, critics contend that the record companies’ position in Howell is overly...
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