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Hill Takes Notice Of Napster Legal Fray

Now that Napster’s free music-trading service appears to have been pushed to the edge of extinction by a federal court ruling, some key members of Congress are saying it is time for the major record labels to make it easier for people to download songs over the Internet.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said the music industry has failed to deliver a marketplace alternative to Napster Inc., which allows millions of users to trade music online.

Hatch warned that some in Congress may attempt to remedy the situation by stripping the music industry of some of its Internet copyright privileges.

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