Napster Judge Questions Structures of Record Labels' New Online Ventures

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SAN FRANCISCO — Napster Inc. found a sliver of legal daylight Wednesday, raising issues of collusion and antitrust in federal court as the recording industry’s copyright-infringement lawsuit crept forward.

What began as a hearing to consider the recording industry’s request for summary judgment quickly shifted into a discussion about the possibility of an anticompetitive structure behind MusicNet, the joint venture of Seattle-based RealNetworks Inc.

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