*HCS* Napster

David Mitby dmitby at hcs.harvard.edu
Tue Oct 3 01:48:04 EDT 2000


> > On Mon, Oct 02, 2000 at 09:16:55PM -0400, Marshall D. Perrin wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2 Oct 2000, William K. Josephson wrote:
> > > > The NOC is now imposing limitations.  See harvard.hascs for
> > > > the usual New Speak drivel.
> > >
> > > Eh. Based on the fact that these are merely bandwidth limits, to slow
> > > things down but not eliminate them, I don't think this is necessarily
> > > politically motivated at all. Given the university's official
> refusal to
> >   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> >
> > I'd be rather surprised if it were, actually.  Nevertheless it is
> > impeccable timing.
>
> So, I thought the RIAA sued Yale and a couple other schools because they
> were the ones which had partial napster bans (during portions of the day
> to limit bandwidth), and all three caved due to some legal issue that
> affected them because they had instituted partial bans rather than not
> treating napster specially.
>
> Does this mean Harvard is now exposed in the event that the RIAA would
> want to sue Harvard?

I was wondering about this myself -- does anyone know why Yale caved?  Was
it simply because they recognized Napster, that they had then proven that
they had the technological power to stop it, or what?

David




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