'Making Available' Cases Still Making Trouble

Law360, New York (December 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- For the past decade, unprecedented piracy has plagued the music industry. A primary cause: so called “peer-to-peer file-sharing” (“P2P”) services, such as the notorious Napster, which enabled millions of people to share digital music files online by accessing and downloading directly from each others’ computers, rather than through a central server.

To stop this unprecedented infringement from the start, songwriters and music publishers (the copyright owners of musical works) and record companies (the copyright owners of sound recordings) sued Napster, alleging claims for contributory and vicarious...
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