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Salon: Why the music industry has nothing to celebrate

Jul 27, 2000, 07:15 (6 Talkback[s])
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"The music industry's spokespeople will no doubt crow in triumph at their Wednesday victory over Napster in federal court, where they persuaded a judge to issue a preliminary injunction essentially forcing Napster to shut down. But in felling Napster, the industry is digging an even deeper grave for itself."

"The record labels' only hope was to lose this court battle. Now that they've won, they've really lost."

"To understand this paradox, you'll need to ponder with me the implications of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday. "When Its Own Artists Are Involved," the headline declared, "Napster is No Fan of Sharing." The story tried to tar Napster as a hypocritical company -- for on the one hand promoting the free-for-all sharing of music files online but on the other resorting to old-fashioned corporate bullying when it comes to protecting its own copyrights and software code."

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