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Salon: Napster backlash

Apr 18, 2000, 22:45 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Boehlert)

"A few months ago, Chad Paulson sounded like a de facto spokesman for Napster, when he spearheaded a national crusade to get the wildly popular MP3 music-swapping software back on college campuses after many administrations banned the bandwidth-greedy app."

"Now, in the latest sign of an emerging backlash against the controversial software, the Indiana University sophomore who founded the Napster-supporting Students Against University Censorship (SAUC) has swapped his allegiance."

"On Friday, Paulson posted an open letter to Napster challenging the company to "take a stand on piracy." Napster employees "neither protect, nor crack down on their user base, and therefore they have gotten away with being the cozy middleman for almost a year now," he wrote. "In doing so, Napster is giving the MP3 format a bad name." Paulson insists that the company's goal should be to promote new artists, not make it easy for people to pirate copyrighted recordings."

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