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A & M Records Inc. v. Napster Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. California

114 F. Supp. 2d 896 (N.D. Cal 2000)

Summary
Procedural History
Judicial Opinion
Citations

The fair-use defense does not apply to sharing copyrighted music through a music file-sharing program.

Relevant Facts

A&M Records (plaintiff) sued Napster Inc. (defendant), a peer-to-peer file-sharing program allowing users to share MP3 audio files. Napster did not upload copyrighted material itself but had the ability to block access to infringing users and remove infringing material. A&M alleged copyright infringement, arguing Napster facilitated the unauthorized transfer of copyrighted music. Napster claimed fair use.

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December 8, 2023

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Citations

114 F. Supp. 2d 896 (N.D. Cal 2000)

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