Infringement of Copyrighted Sound Recording by an Unkown Website Operator

Copyright provisions have found their way onto the Internet, quite frequently, in the advent of digital music. The decision of A&M Records v. Internet Site, known as Fresh Kutz, provided an example of a website that actively encouraged downloads of copyrighted material and sought the donation of copyrighted works. This case was one of the first cases regarding illegal downloading of music and, perhaps, the first one to grant temporary injunction against infringers of copyrights in sound recordings.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an MP3?
What are the standards of a temporary injunction?
Who were the parties and the facts underlying the case?
What did the court determine?
What is the effect of this decision?

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