‘SPRING SALE IS STOPPED

The rockers are told to remove all items related to the controversial software company from their website...

THE OFFSPRING have been told to remove all unofficial Napster merchandise from their website.

As previously reported on nme.com, The Offspring began selling unofficial Baseball Caps, T-Shirts and stickers bearing the Napster logo on their website, [url=]www.offspring.com, last week.

Now, according to various US websites, the band have been asked to stop selling all Napster merchandise immediately. [url=]www.rollingstone.com, claim to have obtained a copy of an order asking the band to cease trading. It says: “We noticed the sale of Napster-related merchandise on the Offspring.com site, and wanted to ask for the removal of all offers relating to the sales of our merchandise. I…wanted to thank you in advance for your compliance in this matter.”

However, this morning, Napster merchandise was still available via [url=]www.offspring.com, and there was no comment from Napster relating to the order.

Napster has made it clear they own the trademark and copyright on all their logos. A statement on [url=]www.napster.com reads: “Napster, the Napster logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, and trade names of Napster are owned by Napster. Napster‘s trademarks, logos, service marks, and trade names may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Napster‘s.”

However, it remains unclear how far Napster will pursue The Offspring, as the band have always remained firm supporters of Napster and MP3 technology. The band maintain MP3 is “a vital and necessary means to promote music and foster better relationships with our fans”. The band also plan to make exclusive tracks available as MP3 in the coming weeks.

Other artists who have spoken out in favour of Napster and MP3 technology include Limp Bizkit, Cypress Hill, Courtney Love, Public Enemy, Smashing Pumpkins and Blur. See next week’s NME, out nationwide this Wednesday (June 7) for a full report on the Napster debate.