The music file-swapping giant, Napster, is quickly going corporate in order to survive the legal strangling the music industry's got on 'em. By this weekend, expect to be able to download some Backstreet Boys, maybe a little Toni Braxton, a pinch of Sisqo perhaps Ö but nothing you really want. The company announced at a court hearing Friday (3/2) it would voluntarily institute content filters on its service that will bar access to specific song files, in essence blocking millions of songs. This decision came in anticipation of a pending court-ordered injunction that might put forth even more severe stipulations.
Napster folks said Friday they have devised a way to filter specific file names on the service, and that this plan to do so will most likely be implemented this weekend. The proposed blockage will also cut off access to the approximately 5,600 tracks that the major labels have sent to the swapping service, identifying them as copyrighted material that cannot legally be traded on Napster. This is just the beginning so stay tuned, and download your ass off while you still can.
Source: Wall of Sound