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: Napster not pleased with Offspring pirating their logo. Madonna peeved too.


6-3-00 1:00 PM PST antiGUY
Napster, Inc. made the ironic move of issuing the Offspring with a Cease and Desist order June 2nd. As reported here on Friday (see: The Offspring promote Napster on their website), The Offspring began selling merchandise containing the Napster trademarked logo on their website last week, without the permission of the company. 

It was a move to further show their support for Napster and MP3 technology. Some also viewed it as a way for the Offspring to poke fun at the pending legal actions against the software company. If Napster is helping its users pirate copyright protected music for their own profit, what's wrong with the Offspring making a profit by pirating the trademarked Napster logo?

The Offspring already went on record in their support of Napster. On their web site the southern California band says the following, “The Offspring view MP3 technology and programs such as Napster as being a vital and necessary means to promote music and foster better relationships with our fans." In news reports the Offspring has been quoted as stating that they already said Napster could use their legally protected material back in April and that the pop-punk band would use Napsters'. Saying that it is "…all fair." 

Obviously, Napster didn't think so. Rollingstone Online reports that the Offspring were surprised by the order and they were going to think about it over the weekend before deciding to comply or not. 

Napster came under fire from Madonna and her label, Warner Brothers records, this week after it was discovered that mp3's of the title track of her latest album have been made available through Napster. 

The song and the album, "Music" are not scheduled to be released until this fall. Madonna's manager feels that this violates the pop diva's rights as an artist by having her music prematurely available to the public. Warner Brothers warned that any website that fails to remove the copyrighted material would face civil and criminal repercussions. 

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