Two MIT students who thought they'd found a way to give their fellow students access to a huge music library without running afoul of copyright law hit a snag Oct. 31 when the school shut down the service in the midst of a licensing dispute.

The "LAMP," or "Library Access to Music" system officially went live Oct. 27, pumping music into dorm rooms over the school's cable television network. By sending the music over cable, rather than swapping files over the internet, the system avoided making an exact copy of the music and was...

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