April 08, 2003
RIAA / Peng Case Analyzed

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

This case, if the RIAA wins on it's claims, could have serious implications for linking in general as Peng was only indexing freely available information. Does anyone plan on analyzing the other cases? They could be substantially different depending on their technologies...

Posted by: joe on April 9, 2003 06:43 PM
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