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Napster Claims Sony Music's Not Complying With Injunction Rules

In a conference call with reporters on Monday (March 13), Napster Chief Executive Hank Barry said many songs given to the file-swapping software company to block were not in compliance with the recent court-ordered injunction.

Barry said half of Sony Music’s list lacked file names, one of the three key ingredients that must be given to Napster by the record companies. “Most of the names were in conjunction, but 50 percent of Sony’s list did not have file names and that’s a clear violation of the injunction,” said Barry.

Barry reported that of the near 95,000 songs submitted by Sony Music, 46,037 correctly listed artist and titles but did not have file names. Since Judge Marilyn Patel placed the burden of providing file names on the record industry, they cannot simply provide Napster with only artists and song titles due to the fact that nearly all the songs on the service exist in some sort of misspelling or alternate file name. Napster’s screening process only works with exact matches.

On behalf of Sony and several other record labels, the Recording Industry Association of America submitted around 135,000 songs to Napster on Friday (March 9). Napster has three business days from that point to block the files on the list from being shared and five business days to prove such action to the courts and the RIAA.

Sony Music had no comment on Barry’s claims at press time.

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