In Search Of Napster II

Hit by a devastating court ruling, the popular music service is struggling to find ways to go legit by the summer

In an age of boosterish corporate leaders--every earnings report is upbeat, all bad news is only temporary--Napster CEO Hank Barry is refreshingly morose. The legal system is poised to squash Napster, making it impossible to continue operating, he says grimly. To stay alive, Napster will need the cooperation of the big record labels--the very labels it has tormented until now. And, oh, by the way, Napster also needs a major technological overhaul so it can sort through the millions of files shared on its site every day and filter out the illegal ones. "Welcome to my world," Barry says with a...

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