Fight the powers that be: Napster Nockoffs

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From: Rohit Khare (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2000 - 13:57:33 PDT

Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 15:19:50 EDT
To: Nameless <>
Subject: <nameless> You Gotta Keep Em' Seperated

Offspring Bootleg Napster!

In a classic case of turnabout is fair play, The Offspring has turned
the tables on industry nemesis selling bootlegged Napster
merchandise at their own Web site,!

Baseball caps and T-shirts emblazoned with the Napster logo are
available for sale for $10 each, while Napster stickers are a bargain
at a single buck. All checks are to be made payable to The Offspring,
who plan to pocket the profits. quotes a source close
to the band as saying, "It isn't about making money. In typical
Offspring fashion, they think it's funny to fuck with people. They
think Napster's cool and want to see how cool they [really] are."

In the wake of the lawsuits by Metallica and Dr. Dre against Napster,
The Offspring were among the first artists to defend the site; singer
Dexter Holland told in April, "Napster facilitates
people being able to share music. It's the spirit of music; it's the
spirit of rock & roll." Napster currently has no comment on The
Offspring's antics, aside from noting that the software maker doesn't
sell merchandise of its own. (10:45am 6/02/00)

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