January 08, 2001, 10:31 AM — Online music file distributor Napster has been successful in its appeal against an injunction that would have forced it to stop MP3 file-swapping on its Web site. The injunction has been stayed, and Napster has until Aug. 18 to file its legal brief. The injunction came mere hours before Napster was to shut down.
Friday's decision follows proceedings held on Wednesday, in which U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued an injunction against Napster, ordering the company to halt the use or exchange of MP3 music files via its Web site. Napster was given until midnight Pacific Time on Friday July 27 to comply with the order.
Napster's site lets users download MP3 format music files that are stored in the computers of other users. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a lawsuit against Napster earlier in the year alleging infringement of copyrighted materials.
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