updated 06:15 pm EDT, Fri October 14, 2005
Apple removes P2P ads
Apple has it placed on some peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing sites. The ads were removed by both Apple and Napster after the companies received criticism and threats of legal action from the UK record industry, according to The Guardian. Record industry representatives called it ironic that the two leaders in legal music downloads have been supporting sites with illegal activity, according to the report: "We deplore the unauthorised distribution of music on internet sites which prosper by selling advertising on the back of copyright theft. It is hugely ironic that iTunes and Napster, two companies which have done so much to encourage legal downloading, have been caught up in these sites." The report notes that Sky, O2, BT Broadband, Easymobile, msn Messenger and Barclays also use these networks to promote their services.