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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on August 06, 2000 at 04:53:34:

In Reply to: Re: Creating and Downloading MP3's posted by jason on August 05, 2000 at 13:14:20:

: : Is it illegal to create MP3 files from my CD collection and share them with others (like Napster.com)?
: : If so, are there any lists/publications of artists whom allow the non-profit "sharing" of their music?

Dear Jason,

I believe it is illegal. The courts are going to decide about Napster soon. It looks so illegal that a preliminary injunction was issued. It has been stayed, since the Napster would have been out a business without a court decision.

I don't think Napster can prevail. They may be able to settle on a payment basis. That will cost you too.

I am inclined to believe that dealing with Napster is also illegal. There are so many that you may not be caught.

M. Arthur Auslander
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