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O'Reilly Network: Napster and MP3: La Revolucion or La Larceny?

May 15, 2000, 21:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Pizzo)

"What happens when an immovable object meets an irresistible force? Well, eventually equilibrium. But that takes awhile and at the moment of contact, it's all sound and fury."

"And that's exactly what you have been hearing from the music industry the last couple of months -- especially fury. The powerful recording industry (the immovable object) ran head on into the emerging online digital music revolution (an irresistible force) and all hell broke loose. The recording industry, through its trade organization the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) sued two of the key players in the online music business, Napster and MP3.com. At this writing the legal score stands: Recording Industry 2, Freeloaders 0."

"What do those on the inside of this fight have to say for themselves? Here we try to give you the kind of flavor and tone that, normally only the reporter working on a story gets. Instead of quoting or paraphrasing our sources for this piece we provide their comments directly as audio. Here we step back and let you draw your own conclusions."

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