"Sony appears to be distancing itself from anti-Napster
comments made by one of its senior US executives last week. ...Sony
Music Entertainment, which operates alongside but independently of
Sony Pictures, is now apparently claiming Heckler's words were
taken out of context and the U-Wire story was wrong."
"Nowhere in his prepared remarks did he discuss Napster. In an
informal conversation after his prepared remarks, he was quoted by
a student newspaper as allegedly making certain statements
regarding Napster. The story that appeared as a result is totally
"Furthermore, the quotes attributed to Mr. Heckler have been
taken out of context and do not represent the opinions or
strategies of Sony Pictures, Sony Music or any other Sony
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