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Napster Petition

By joeyo in News
Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 02:20:36 PM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
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As you may know, several universities have banned the Napster client and access to the Napster webpage from their local networks. Most citing excessive bandwidth use and the RIAA's lawsuit against Napster as their reasons. Students Against University Censorship is hosting a petition and open letter against these bans.


I've been using Napster for maybe eight months now and it is the only way I can find some types of music. Sure, if all you are interested in is boy bands or other mainstream garbage you don't need it- the Internet is fertile grounds for illegal mp3s.

Napster is being banned because of the really obscure local and independent music for which it provides easy distribution. The music industry is scared of loosing its monopoly. So if you like independent music or live on a college campus, go sign the petition!

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Napster Petition | 11 comments (11 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Hmmm, the excessive bandwidth usage... (none / 0) (#4)
by hattig on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 02:22:44 PM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

Hmmm, the excessive bandwidth usage is a valid reason, but banning because of a lawsuit?! Talk about presumed guilty.

/.-style persecution mania.... (none / 0) (#1)
by Paul Dunne on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 02:34:38 PM EST

Paul Dunne voted -1 on this story.

/.-style persecution mania.
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I love Napster. It's easy to searc... (none / 0) (#2)
by JDogg on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 04:58:28 PM EST

JDogg voted 1 on this story.

I love Napster. It's easy to search and download files while you work. It simply makes the process of surfing through dead links to find MP3s easier. Banning it would be a big mistake.


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A discussion is wanted, and it is n... (none / 0) (#5)
by Strange Charmed One on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 05:10:57 PM EST

Strange Charmed One voted 1 on this story.

A discussion is wanted, and it is not one-sided
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DMCA/UCITA and the like are far mor... (none / 0) (#6)
by Demona on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 05:43:56 PM EST

Demona voted -1 on this story.

DMCA/UCITA and the like are far more threatening and all-encompassing; I can think of far more fundamental and productive areas to focus whatever efforts one has in mind. And my experience is the opposite; generally Napster is only useful to find very, very popular things (fifty billion copies of them, to boot), and the "weird" stuff I like is difficult or impossible to find -- which makes perfect sense, when you think about it.

eh. napster doesn't really excite ... (none / 0) (#3)
by ramses0 on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 05:48:05 PM EST

ramses0 voted 0 on this story.

eh. napster doesn't really excite me, because eventually the bubble of free music will burst. Now a "GPL-music" napster would be nice. There's nothing better that I'd like than grabbing singles from up-and-coming bands to try out.
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i guess it's good to get the word o... (none / 0) (#7)
by rajivvarma on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 07:46:00 PM EST

rajivvarma voted 1 on this story.

i guess it's good to get the word out...

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I'm not so sure about the line abou... (none / 0) (#8)
by Kip on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 09:27:41 PM EST

Kip voted 0 on this story.

I'm not so sure about the line about Napster being banned because of the independent music scene. I was under the impression that most of the universities were banning Napster on the basis of how much bandwidth moving multi-megabyte files all night takes up. :)

free music baby. :)... (none / 0) (#9)
by mr. creep on Fri Feb 18, 2000 at 12:13:34 AM EST

mr. creep voted 1 on this story.

free music baby. :)
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I can see their reasoning behind it... (none / 0) (#10)
by driph on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 12:27:38 AM EST

Driph voted 1 on this story.

I can see their reasoning behind it. While Napster is an excellent way to find music from independants and the local scene, it is also just as good at finding every song ever written by Depeche Mode or any other band you can think of. Personally, if I were looking for music from a small band, I'd first look for band website or on mp3.com. Napster is a hell of a product, but I can see the universities point of view concerning bandwidth...Although I'd like to see some hard numbers supporting their claims.

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While I'm not sure the explainatio... (none / 0) (#11)
by fvw on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 01:50:18 PM EST

fvw voted 1 on this story.

While I'm not sure the explaination is true, I still think universities have any right to ban this kind of traffic.

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