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The Register: More artists to sue Napster says Metallica lawyer

Apr 22, 2000, 16:36 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"Expect more headline acts to follow Metallica's lead and launch legal action against controversial software developer Napster - so says the metal band's lawyer, Howard King."

"King handles the legal affairs not only of Metallica, but The Offspring, Smashing Pumpkins and the Goo Goo Dolls. King also represents rapper Dr. Dre, who this week demanded that Napster remove MP3 versions of his tracks from the company's directory."

"The suits will be remarkably similar to Metallica's," said King of the coming legal action. King certainly seems to be the prime mover here, contacting artists to demonstrate Napster's self-named MP3 cataloguing software to them. It's not quite ambulance chasing, but King certainly seems to have scented a mood of hostility among name acts and is trying to get as many involved in legal action as he can."

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