Jason To Napster: Told You So

Wired News is reporting that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a July lower court ruling that Napster’s free online file-trading service has to go offline. Not news in practical terms, since Napster has shifted its focus to for-pay services, leaving the free file-swapping market to others, but it is one more affirmation of my 1998 call that the then-new Napster was fascinating but probably destined to be dragged down by the long arm of the law. It’s not often that my random opinions turn out to be correct, so I just want to take the opportunity while I can 🙂