Cat Can't Scratch It
- May 9, 2000
Just wondering if you were paying attention. The RIAA did sue Napster way back in 1999. Friday marked the 13th anniversary of the landmark eight year lawsuit that set the course of peer-to-peer file sharing that endures to this day.
A federal judge and an appeals court in San Francisco both ruled in 2002 that Napster was liable for contributory or vicarious copyright violations, because it was allowing millions of users to download music for free. Napster eventually shut down and went bankrupt, later re-emerging as a legitimate, online music service.