Taps for Napster?

Record companies want to kill the music pirates' favorite site. This week they tell it to the judge

The issues that will be slugged out in federal district court in San Francisco this week sound a little too pop culture to be all that serious. How many music CDs are students buying these days in a record store outside the Syracuse University campus? How do Chuck D and Courtney Love want to see their music distributed? What does Metallica think about fans' making bootleg recordings of its concerts?

But don't be fooled. This legal face-off between the music industry and Napster may turn out to be one of the great trials of the digital age. Earlier this year the...

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