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SJ Mercury/Reuters: Napster legal scrap could backfire on record Industry

Jul 30, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kahn)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"The decision to take on song-swap giant Napster Inc. could end up backfiring on the recording industry by stoking the already frenzied pace of trading music on the Internet, industry experts said on Saturday."

"A failure to negotiate with Napster may come back to haunt the industry because working with the Silicon Valley firm may be the best way to grab a piece of the online music pie, analysts add...."

"The lawsuit against Napster has probably contributed to most of that growth," said Bruce Fries, author of a book on the technology that allows users to trade music via the Internet. "Napster would never have existed if the major labels had fulfilled the demand for downloadable songs by major artists."

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