Always arger with the filters

Napster accuses the record companies not to stick to the interim borrowing

The FileSharing provider announced yesterday the state judge Mary Hall Patel that the filters installed almost two weeks work against unauthorized files work. However, Napster directed against the record companies: These saboted Napsers forced by uncomplete lists, false filenames and unauthorized demands.

According to own data, Napster currently filters around 230,000 songs or about 1.3 million file names. This did that the average Napster user offer 220 files only about 110 files to the exchange, the exchange-owner offered yesterday in a report to the North Californian district judge Mary Hall Patel explained. Judge Patel had decided against around one and a half weeks that Napster unauthorized songs failed to lock out of their own system, as soon as the affected record companies of the exchange borse send the upcoming information.(See filtering is not the end of the song)

Especially this information was completely insufficient in many cases, Napster criticized in his yesterday’s report. So almost all record companies have been damaged to provide Napster with the existing filenames of the songs to be blocked. Embarrassing for the Napster friend Bertelsmann: Even the BMG renounced around 82,000 titles on the judicially required file names. In some cases, the record companies also demanded the blocking of titles, according to Napsters report, whose copyright does not possess.

Funny Girls Hate Punk Rock

The main reason for such mammals are apparently song titles, which are also used in similar form by other bands. Especially with compilations it has apparently come to some confusion of this kind. So Sony demanded the blocking of the song "I Hate Punk Rock" The hardcore band D.O.A., Since a Napster user the relevant MP3 file in the original directory "Short Music for Short People" had saved. Sony’s search robots therefore had the file with the song "Peple" from the Broadway Musical "Funny girl" mistaken.

In some such fraghous fallen, Napster obviously seemed to the filter for safety’s sake. Napster-CEO Hank Barry explained opposite the New York Times, you have only three days time to lock the required files:

"This forces us to overhang far-reaching filtering."

A circumstance that makes straight Napster friendly musicians like Toby Slater. Toby Slater has always defended Napster, was even fed by the FileSharing Borse as a musician of the month on its home page. But for a few days he has been watching that less and less of his songs are relevant about the exchange borrower. At Slater, therefore, disputes are wide:

"While parts of the industry claim that the musicians have suffer from Napster, I have to realize that my lawful promotion activities have suffered [among the filters]."

More effective filters with Gracenote

Napster now wants to refine his filters with support of the company Gracenote. Gracenote operates the CDDB database with around nine million songons. Particularly interesting is for Napster this cooperation because many programs for creating MP3s access the Gracenote database and automatically give the MP3s the file names stored there. In addition, Gracenote has a huge exclusion list with incorrectly written artist and probes. Napster therefore calculates about three million other titles from your own search index during the next few days.

The slab companies, however, do not expect the filters yet far enough. In the criticism of Napster on the information you have survived you see a blob of holding tactics. It will probably be in the next few days for further hearing in court, for the judge Patel will consult independent technical experts.

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