June 11, 2001

Why Napster can't win

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill of OSOpinion writes: "Napster has a problem: There is no solution that respects end-users' right to copy any music they bought as many times as they like for their own use, and still prevents them from giving it away to all of their friends. To sum it up, what the record companies need is a technology that allows them to sell music to a consumer once and that consumer can then use that music whenever and wherever he or she wants for personal entertainment. Consumers should be able to play the digital music on their digital stereos, their laptops, in their cars and on their computers. Even if they are limited to only playing on one of these devices at a time, things would be just fine -- most people can only listen to one piece of music at a time anyhow."
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