Irony Alert: Napster Founder May Buy Metallica's Record Label

03/24/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Metallica's record label could soon be owned by the man who co-founded Napster, the website destroyed after Lars Ulrich and co went into battle against it.

In 2000 the thrash giants launched legal action against Sean Parker's online service, the first major player in the MP3 download market. The case was settled out of court but involved banning 300,000 people from using Napster, a move which annoyed many of Metallica's fans. Ulrich later admitted it was a badly-advised episode in his life, and he wishes he'd dealt with the situation differently.

Warner Music Group continued the legal battle and Napster was finally shut down in 2002. But Parker became a billionaire as part of the team which made Facebook successful and is now poised to make a bid for the ailing record label, which is currently seeking offers over $2.5bn. The 31-year-old is in talks with investors Ron Burkle and Doug Teitelbaum about becoming part of a consortium deal. more on this story

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