Creative groups slam Napster in court brief

In a friend of the court brief submitted Friday, the groups lambast Napster for building a business that they say "relies on the theft of copyrighted materials," according to an MPAA statement issued Friday.

In its lawsuit filed in December 1999 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) accused Napster's service of contributing to massive copyright violation of its members' material.

Finding in favor of the RIAA, the District Court on July 26 issued a preliminary injunction requiring Napster to prevent its users from trading copyrighted music on its site. Napster appealed the order, saying that such a measure was technically not feasible and would effectively close the company down. A few days later, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals granted Napster a reprieve by staying the injunction pending an appeal.

In its brief filed today, the MPAA was joined by such diverse groups as the Software & Information Industry Association, The American Film Marketing Association, the Producers Guild of America, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and even the National Basketball Association. They urged the appeals court to uphold the lower court's decision.

"The groups filing this brief today represent the backbone of America's creative community. With one voice, we band together to send a simple and clear message: It is wrong to build a business that relies on the theft of copyrighted materials, and we oppose Napster's business model for doing just that," Jack Valenti, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, said in the MPAA's statement.

"We call on the court to recognise that America's creative communities must be able to protect their artistic works against theft," he continued. "For if they cannot, who will invest enormous sums of money to make the next movie? Who will back the singers, songwriters, authors, photographers, developers, and artists?"

A copy of MPAA's amicus brief is available on the MPAA web site .

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