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Judge Rules Napster Has 72 Hours to Block Copyrighted Songs

Aired March 6, 2001 - 12:12 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: We're just getting some breaking news in here right now. It appears that -- we're getting this report from the Associated Press and it appears that the end may be near for Napster -- at least the end of business as it has been done by Napster up till now.

A federal judge has given the recording industry another victory over Napster, saying now that Napster has just 72 hours to block any copyrighted songs of which it has been notified by the recording industry.

In other words, the record labels each now have to notify Napster about which songs they want taken off Napster's list and they want to be protected from being copied by those who are using Napster. And Napster has 72 hours after being notified by the record labels which songs they want taken off the list. And Napster must remove them.

Of course we'll stay on top of this story as it develops. This is, no doubt, not the end of this story.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: I was reading one of the efforts that Napster was making, it's difficult because of spelling. Someone might have spelled the name of a song differently or -- so someone could still go pluck it off, but it has a slightly different name.

HARRIS: Sure. And how many do they have to go through? They have to go through lists of how many millions...

KAGAN: Yes, a lot of work.

HARRIS: ... of different titles like that?

KAGAN: A lot of work, lot of work. As you said, the story not over. We'll continue to track it.

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