"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
"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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