Date: 7th September 2000
In yet another ruling involving Internet transactions that has broad implications for the entire entertainment industry, a federal judge in New York Wednesday ruled that MP3.com "willfully" broke copyright laws with its My.MP3.com service. The service allowed users to access and download about 80,000 compact discs onto their PCs or other digital devices, provided they could prove that they owned a copy of the disc they wanted to hear. They did so by mounting the disc on their computer's CD-ROM player, allowing it to be scanned by MP3.com's software. The ruling came in a case brought against MP3.com by Seagram's Universal Music.
Source: Studio Briefing