Napster is back in court today to face a hearing on its attempts to filter out copyrighted material from its servers.
Last Month, Judge Patel ordered Napster to begin blocking files specified by record companies. Napster's adopted system is to block songs only when given both an artists name and a song title by music bosses, otherwise it would filter out files not affected by the judgement, it says.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) says that Napster's filtering system hasn't worked and that millions of people are still using the service to download copyrighted music.
It complained that the website's search technology was noticeably better than its filtering system, and that users could easily bypass the filter system as a result.
The RIAA has asked Judge Patel to rule that Napster must adopt one of two technologies it suggests, or else move to a system where it can only make available tracks pre-approved by the copyright holder.
Hilary Rosen, chief executive at the RIAA, said recently: "We are saying there is no effective filtering out of copyrighted works on Napster. We believe it is wilful."
Napster claims it has done the best it can, and that as of last week, had blocked more than 311,000 individual songs as well as 142,000 variations on those song names or artist names.
Independent research from internet outfit Webnoize noted an initial 50 per cent drop in traffic on the Napster website but this has steadily risen again.
A court-appointed mediator will help decide which is more convincing at today's hearings, but ultimately it will be Judge Patel who will decide whether Napster's filtering is sound enough.
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