Last summer was the setting for a dramatic court battle between Napster and the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA. A United States District judge
ordered Napster to cease operations, but that decision was overturned only a couple of days later by
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In October a panel of three judges
heard from both sides
in the case, and their ruling is expected to be presented on Monday morning. If the court overturns the original injunction imposed last July, Napster will be allowed to continue operating.
Companies suing Napster include Sony, Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music. In recent months however, Napster has strived to make friends with the music industry. In January, media giant Bertelsmann
announced it would buy a 58 percent share
in Napster. More recently, Bertelsmann announced that Napster
would go fee-based
by July. Since its inception in 1999, Napster has been free.
Napster is presently available for Windows and Mac OS.