Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc.’s announcement that it will provide anti-piracy software for its Rio MP3 player — a device which allows users to download music from the Internet — may head off a looming intellectual property impasse with the recording industry.

But Monday’s move also highlights a growing trend in clashes involving digital technology and copyright law: Companies are eager to offer technology fixes to thwart digital piracy, rather than await the dictates of the courts or lawmakers.

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