The US recording industry said its fight with Napster is still on despite yesterday's deal between the controversial file sharing site and German entertainment giant Bertelsmann.
Napster yesterday announced plans to begin charging users for its service as part of an agreement with Bertelsmann.
The German company's BMG music label has agreed to drop its lawsuit against Napster and make its catalogue available to Napster users to download, as long as the download company agrees to change its business model.
But Hilary Rosen, president and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which is suing Napster for alleged copyright infringement, said: "This announcement does not bring an end to the court case. There are multiple plaintiffs in addition to BMG."
She added: "This case has never been about 'peer-to-peer' technology itself, which can be implemented legitimately, as the announcement confirms. I am glad that Napster has got that message and hope that this announcement sends the right signal to others who are operating or intending to operate sites or businesses that facilitate piracy."
The RIAA, which represents labels such as Sony Music Entertainment, MCA Records and Universal Records, originally sued Napster in March for alleged music piracy. In July a judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster but the site survived after three other judges decided at the beginning of October against reinstating the injunction.
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