Universities refuse to ban Napster

Princeton University, Duke University, the University of California at Berkeley, and others said last week that they would continue to allow their students to use the embattled MP3-sharing service.

King sent a letter to a number of universities in September asking them to ban Napster use on their campuses, charging that it enables music piracy. These universities included Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and others.

A lawsuit filed in April by King named as defendants Yale University, Indiana University, and the University of Southern California. In refusing the ban, despite the implied lawsuit threat, many universities cited concerns over censorship and academic freedom.

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