More Pain For Napster

The big music labels spin plans to go to the Net

Put Don Henley and Alanis Morissette in front of any crowd in the world, and you would expect an instant epidemic of air guitars. Any crowd, that is, except the Senate Judiciary Committee. Not a single lighter was raised when the ex-Eagle and the queen of ironic rock testified at a digital-music hearing last Tuesday. Indeed, the duo's presence had been effectively overshadowed by a single press release, and Henley knew it. "As Alanis and I sit here," he said, "there is a Ping-Pong game going on over our heads about business models on the Internet."

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