BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : AUGUST 14, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

The Case Against Napster


NAPSTER HURTS RECORD SALES
The record industry believes that Napster is a copyright killer that displaces record sales and promotes the idea that music should be free.

NAPSTER IS BUILDING A BUSINESS BASED ON PIRACY
Record executives say that over 87% of the files downloaded on Napster violate copyrights.

NAPSTER HARMS THE RECORD INDUSTRY'S DIGITAL-DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS
Why should consumers pay for something they can get for free? Record execs say that any fee-based digital distribution must unfairly compete against Napster's free service.



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