RIAA Sues MP3 Program Napster

Group says file-trading program encourages piracy.

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.