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Keep Using Napster with Napigator, OpenNap, FileShare, Etc

Cnet Site Map April 4 2001

BE AWARE that the Internet Archive "Internet Wayback Machine" is buggy and has lots of downtime. Links load slowly. If they fail to load try again Later. I Have LOTS of Screen Caps and Full Page Grabs with Active Links preserved.

CNET "How To" under "Find Music" Category
Use FileShare to access alternative Napster servers
The judge's orders are in, and Napster is poised to become useless as all of the most popular songs are banned from the service. But the protocol that makes Napster work won't disappear, as people rush to alternative Napster servers. One easy way to connect to alternative Napster servers is with FileShare, a service run by the MusicCity network. We just hope that the company has good lawyers.

Has Full Tutorial to Use Fileshare to Access Napster servers using the Napster System

Links to CNET FileShare Download Page With "Related Resource link to "Napigator" Screen Capture April 17 2001

Mike Mozart NOTES;
• The Word "Independent" links to with embedded CNET Download Button
• The Court: Let Napster Music Play on links to this HUGE Report

* Link in Story Directly to;

Fans RUSH to Napster ahead of Court Ruling

Fans rush to Napster ahead of court ruling

By John Borland
Staff Writer, CNET
February 9, 2001, 4:45 p.m. PT
The last-minute rush for free music is on.
Spurred by news that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will finally rule on the future of Napster, music lovers started flocking to the music-swapping service Friday.
"I'm going to download all I can (this weekend)," wrote one user, who goes by the name "Kiyomiwaddle," during a conversation in Napster's chat rooms. Others--except for some who said they had already downloaded close to 1,000 songs from the service--were quick to agree.
Traffic on the servers went up Friday afternoon, with the number of people making their hard drives available to others climbing steadily as the news filtered out. By late Friday, logging on to Napster's service could give access to an average of more than 8,000 people's files on a single server--or more than 1.5 million files--as opposed to more usual numbers near 6,000 people. The company maintains multiple servers to support its file-trading fans.
The company has said it has more than 51 million registered user names, although an unknown number of those are likely duplicates.
It's far from clear that the court is even considering shutting Napster's music-swapping service, although that is one possible outcome.
Judges are deciding whether to uphold a lower court's preliminary injunction from July, which would have barred Napster from allowing most copyrighted music to be swapped using its service. The appellate court could agree with that lower court, or it could let the Napster service continue pending a full trial later this year.
News surrounding the service has already sparked confusion among many Napster lovers. Recent reports from Napster partner Bertelsmann, indicating that a paid subscription service would launch this summer, had some file-swappers wondering how much longer they'll have access to the free Napster regardless of the court's decision.
But some fans noted that independent Napster servers are growing in number, and that even the disappearance of Napster itself wouldn't be the end of the free music movement.
"There will always be free music available on the Net; it's just a case of finding the right site," said a user dubbed "Bumrich." "What's that other site that's similar to Napster?"
"I don't know, but if Napster goes down I will sure as hell find it," responded "Kiyomiwaddle."

Mike Mozart NOTES;
• The Word "Independent" links to with embedded CNET Download Button
• The Court: Let Napster Music Play on links to this HUGE Report

During the ongoing Napster legal battle, a method to control copyright infringing activity was added to the file sharing system. This allowed Napster to ban a users account for repeatedly sharing copyrighted works. ZDnet offered a tutorial to get you back onto Napster as though nothing had happened. The banning of specific Napster users was part of a legal remedy to stop the sharing of copyrighted works.

Section 1201 of the Copyright Act, enacted as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), makes it unlawful to "circumvent" any technology aimed at protecting a copyrighted work. Although, Section 1201 was intended to defeat technologies to circumvent encryption type protection, I argue that it may apply here. A technology WAS applied to protect copyrighted works from continued infringement. ZDnet offered ways to circumvent the technologies. (Also Cnet recommended File Name Changing Software to Prevent Music Names from being recognized and blocked.)

For consideration I must add that under the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act:

• The online service provider ("OSP") must (1) adopt, reasonably implement, and notify its users of a policy of terminating the accounts of subscribers who are repeat infringers; and (2) accommodate and not interfere with "standard technical measures" that have been widely adopted on the basis of industry-wide consensus.

I argue that ZDnet offered a method to "Interfere with standard technical measures", to restore full use of the Napster Service to those accounts that had been terminated for being engaged in Copyright Infringing Activities, evidenced in these following screen captures.

CLICK IMAGE to Enlarge , Screen Capture of Article from ZDnet dated September 07, 2000

Here is a link to an Online "TechDirt forum from 2000 discussing the ban with a link to these instructions!;col1;col1

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