In April of 2000, the heavy metal group Metallica sued Napster because the feel that artist should be finacially compensated for their work. They felt Napster was robbing them of that privilage. In their written statement, Metallica said,"Napster has built a business based on large-scale piracy." The Recording Industry Association of America has already sued Napster, contending that the firm allows massive copyright violations by facilitating the easy exchange of music. Dr. Dre and Metallica have contracted laywer Howard King to represent them in the battle. Said Howard, "At some point in time, Napster is going to have to pay the price for the hundreds of thousands of infringements that occurred on the service. If Napster goes to a subscription model, where the only music that is available is with the consent of the artists, Metallica and Dr. Dre will be happy with that, but that doesn't mean we forgive and forget the past infringements."
They're not the only ones who are mad. Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs told the RIAA that he could not believe that Napster was linking thousands of people to the Notorious BIG album "Born Again," a week before it even hit the streets.
"I am excited about the opportunities presented by the Internet because it allows artists to communicate directly with fans. But the bottom line must always be respect and compensation for creative work. I am against Internet piracy and it is wrong for companies like Napster and others to promote stealing from artists online." -- Elton John
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