BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : AUGUST 14, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

The Case for Napster


NAPSTER HELPS RECORD SALES
Advocates say the service is the Internet's version of radio or MTV, providing a powerful mechanism to stimulate demand.

NAPSTER HAS SUBSTANTIAL NONINFRINGING USES
The noncommercial sharing of MP3 files is ''fair use,'' supporters say. Napster, for example, can be used to sample and exchange the music of new artists who want to share their property.

NAPSTER HELPS BUILD THE MARKET FOR DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
The service is paving the way for the record industry's online plans by seeding the market and building consumer awareness and acceptance of downloading music.



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