The Recording Industry Association of America is suing the makers of
Napster, a program that facilitates the trading of MP3 files, the RIAA
announced Tuesday (Dec. 7). The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of California, alleges that Napster has made
millions of pirated MP3 files available to users worldwide, according to
an RIAA statement. Napster Chief Executive Officer Eileen Richardson said
the program is intended to let users trade music by unknown artists and
does not encourage piracy.