Among the artists going to bat for embattled online music depot Napster, So Cal punk veterans The Offspring are going further than most.
The band is currently selling "Save Napster" T-shirts on its official Web site (at www.offspring.com) for $10 a pop, with all proceeds going to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by John Walsh, whose son Adam was abducted three years earlier. The NCMEC provides assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and also raises public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
The "Save Napster" shirt is part of a full line of Napster-related products available on offspring.com. The band first launched its Napster gear in June, without the permission of anyone at Napster. The tech
company then found itself in an irony-rich PR pickle, as its legal representatives demanded that the band stop infringing on its copyright by selling merchandise imprinted with the Napster logo. Napster and The Offspring soon reached an accord and agreed to work together to produce a line of Napster merchandise for charity (see "UPDATE: Offspring, Napster Reach T-Shirt Accord").
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