This article uses the Napster controversy as a stepping stone to discussing copyright law in the Internet age. Section II of the article discusses music piracy over the internet and MP3 files. Section III of the article discusses the birth of Napster and its functions. Section IV details the allegations against Napster by the RIAA. Section V. discusses Copyright Law in the digital age. Various forms of copyright infringement such as direct liability, contributory liability, vicarious liability are fully assessed. Furthermore, the author discusses the response of legislative efforts to emerging copyright challenges on the internet. Section VI examines Napter's legal liability and takes a look at whether the RIAA's legal claims against Napster are meritorious. Section VII. provides implications for the future in the music business and predicts how there may a shift in the future.
Ariel Berschadsky, RIAA v. Napster: A Window onto the Future of Copyright Law in the Internet Age, 18 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 755 (2000)