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Mar 12, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Napster faces music: no more copying
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has enjoined Napster from engaging in or facilitating others in copying, downloading, uploading, transmitting or distributing copyrighted sound recordings. Record companies suing Napster were ordered to provide notice of their copyrighted recordings; Napster is responsible for “policing the system within the limits of the system.”
Napster CEO Hank Barry vowed to continue pressing his company’s case in court, seeking a mediated resolution as it works to implement the court’s order. Meanwhile, the producers of last month’s Grammy Awards sued Napster for allegedly facilitating the illegal trading of music files from the show.
Thomson ships DBS/PVR/ITV receiver
Thomson Multimedia began shipping an RCA-DirecTV receiver with Microsoft’s UltimateTV service to retailers. The RCA DWD490RE (suggested retail price $399) combines a built-in hard-disk drive with two DirecTV digital satellite tuners, enabling digital video recording (35 hours) of two shows at a time (or watching one show while recording another), picture-in-picture reception, Internet access and interactive TV in a single integrated receiver. It also incorporates an electronic program guide. A deluxe $449 version includes an 18-inch-wide dish antenna.
Sun shines on Canal Plus with investment
Sun Microsystems bought a stake in Canal Plus Technologies-estimated at $20 million-and will work with the company to push Java technology-based open standards for interactive digital television and the rapid deployment of Java technology in advanced digital set-top boxes. Canal Plus will license Sun’s PersonalJava platform for its MediaHighway middleware and port its cable headend infrastructure products to Sun’s Solaris Operating Environment and Sun Cluster 3.0 software.