A Napster Moment
What do you want your customers' digital audio or video experience to be? It's high time that "fair use"—the term that gave us the right to tape TV shows with our VCRs—be re-interpreted for the digital age.
As we went to press, Napster, consumers' on-ramp to the MP3 revolution, had publicly waved a $1 billion olive branch, plus a subscription-fee program, at the recording industry, only to be met with a cool reception from the record companies. Both camps were under orders from U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel to meet with a third-party mediator.
In February, a three-member judicial panel ruled to uphold Judge Patel's July 2000 injunction against Napster, yet Judge Patel seemed to think Napster and the recording industry should reach an agreement outside the courtroom.