The federal appeals court has passed down it's ruling, stating that Napster must cease it's service and could be held liable for "vicarious copyright infringement". Napster, a music-trading community with 50 million users may have to shut-down now.
Napster can however remain in business until Judge Marilyn Hall Patel completes her injunction, which was called "overly broad" by the appellate court. In the weekend before this ruling, there were an estimated 250 million songs downloaded.
Napster, trading music since May 1999, was sued by Sony, Warner, BMG, EMI and Universal, claiming that they were being robber by billions of dollars in profits. According to the president and of the Recording Industry, "This is a clear victory."