Metallica filed a lawsuit against the site, discovering that three U.S universities were guilty of copyright infringement.
It became a witchhunt – blocking and banning those who were using Napster to share music. Metallica hired an online firm to monitor usage of Napster, recording those who were sharing Metallica’s music. There were over 300,000 users and all were banned from using the service.
With the help of more artists, including Dr. Dre, Metallica’s case resulted in over half a million users being banned from the illegal downloading and sharing of music.
In 2001, the court ruled that either a filter be placed on Napster preventing the site to allow music to be shared or face being shut down. Napster was ordered to pay $26 million to artists for the unauthorised use of their records.
In 2002, despite interest from Bertelsmann Music Group, Napster filed for bankruptcy.
In 2009, Pink Floyd began legal proceedings against EMI over the online distribution of their “concept” albums. Floyd claim that no agreement was made whereby their tracks could be sold individually on sites such as iTunes.
They also claimed that EMI owe the band over £10million in unpaid royalties.
On 11 March 2010, Pink Floyd won the High Court case against EMI. The record label was ordered to pay £40,000 in costs to the band.
They were told by Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt that the contract meant EMI were "not entitled to exploit recording by online distribution or by any other means other than the original album, without the consent of Pink Floyd".