Joseph Barillari, a student at Princeton, has done an analysis of the RIAA's complaint against Dan Peng (Princeton '05) where he concludes that Peng's service, Wake, is 1. more like a search engine in that it "indexed a pre-existing network" compared to Napster which created the network; 2. Wake indexed all public documents on the server; and 3. Wake is a pure search engine, and therefore protected under the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA. Check out the Daily Princetonian's article.
Update 04/08/03: Barillari is one of Ed Felten's students.
Update 04/10/03: Here is more analysis and links on all four of the cases.Posted by Mary Hodder at April 08, 2003 07:16 AM