The Offspring have been selling unofficial Baseball Caps, T-Shirts and stickers bearing the Napster logo on their website, [url=]www.offspring.com, since last week. Following an initial order from Napster to cease trading in the bootlegged merchandise, Napster have now backed down, allowing the band to sell the material, but only if the proceeds are donated to charity.
Eventhough the band were infringing on Napster‘s copyright, The Offspring have always remained firm supporters of Napster and MP3 technology. Relationships between the pair now appear to be good, with Napster founder Shawn Fanning telling US website [url=]www.rollingstone.com yesterday: “The Offspring have been great supporters of Napster, we are looking forward to working with them.”
Both parties are currently deciding on which charities should receive the proceeds.
See this week’s NME, out in London today (June 6) and nationwide tomorrow (Wednesday June 7) for a full report on the Napster debate.