Napster acquires technology, engineers, from Gigabeat

Napster will use the data-mining and filtering technologies acquired from Gigabeat in a further attempt to comply with the ruling from US District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel which said that Napster is infringing on the copyrights of record labels by permitting users to offer copyrighted songs on its service.

Napster acquired Gigabeat's technology and its engineering team, as well as the company's two co-founders, Dr Wilburt Labio and Dr Narayanan Shivakumar, the company said in a statement.

Financial details were not disclosed by the company, although the transaction was structured as an asset acquisition, Napster said in the statement. Visitors to Gigabeat's Web site will be redirected to Napster's own site, the company said, although Gigabeat's page was still working on Tuesday afternoon.

Napster officials would not comment any further on the acquisition.

Napster is due back in San Francisco District Court Tuesday afternoon, as attorneys for the record labels and attorneys for Napster argue over the process of blocking users from sharing copyrighted songs over Napster's servers.

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