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Napster protests innocence

Napster says sharing isn’t stealing. In a brief filed in a California federal court, the online music file-sharing community disputed charges that its service violates copyright laws.

Napster says sharing isn’t stealing. In a brief filed in a California federal court, the online music file-sharing community disputed charges that its service violates copyright laws and argued that noncommercial distribution of music is “common, legal, and accepted.”

The brief is Napster’s first formal response to charges of copyright infringement levied by the recording industry and several rock bands, including Metallica.

The brief also cites Napster’s right to free speech and last year’s so-called Diamond decision, in which a court ruled that consumers have a right to create and transfer digital music for non-commercial purposes.

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