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WSJ: Napster Guards its Own Intellectual Property Closely

There's a great article in today's Wall Street Journal (syndicated via MSNBC) that discusses the lengths to which Napster will go to ensure that it retains control of its own itellectual property. According to the article:

Napster’s hopes of transforming its busy Web service
into a source of revenue depend on its withstanding the
music industry’s legal assault. At the same time, however, it
is taking an increasing amount of flak from those seeking
access to its database or its technology. The result is a
public-relations skirmish over whether Napster, which
portrays itself as a champion of youth culture and the Web’s
freewheeling ways, applies a double standard to intellectual
property, making it cavalier toward other people’s, but
hyperprotective of its own.

It would be ironic if they were forced to use the DMCA to enforse their rights to their software while arguing against the same law with respect to the use of their application.

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