Mon, Sep 12, 2005 - Page 10 News List

Premier says music industry must work with file-sharers

AP , TAIPEI

Taiwan's premier yesterday urged the music industry to reconcile with file-sharing operators, after a court convicted three executives of a file-swapping company of copyright infringement.

The Taipei District Court last Friday sentenced three executives of Kuro, the island's largest file-swapping operator, to up to three years in jail for infringing the copyright of various record companies.

The Taiwan office of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of major record companies, claimed victory. But the verdict also sparked an outcry among those who pay a monthly fee to swap copyrighted music files and download them from the operators' Web sites.

Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said the music industry should work out a way of cooperating with the file-swapping operators so consumers can legally enjoy the results of the latest technologies.

"The government could not turn a blind eye to the record industry slump, but we should not leave the Internet users in constant worries of violating laws," he said.

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