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Feb 19, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Anti-piracy law OK’d in Europe
Two days after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals told Napster to stop trading in copyrighted material last week, the European Parliament approved a new law to stem high-tech piracy. Under the new regulation, authors, performers, producers and broadcasting organizations will enjoy exclusive rights to the reproduction, communication and dissemination of their work. But there are loopholes. Under one, some “temporary acts of reproduction” will be allowed. And the 15 member nations can introduce additional exceptions and limitations.
Intel shuts down streaming unit
Nine months after its launch, Intel Corp. is quietly closing down its Internet Media Services group, a network for distributing streaming media content. “We’re anticipating that the closing will be final by the end of the second quarter,” said spokeswoman Erica Fields. “We will continue to maintain service throughout the transition.” Last May, the company said it would spend $200 million (a multiyear estimate) to build the business so customers could transmit everything from movies to online training over the Internet.