If Napster didn't get the joke at first, the software company has finally cracked a smile over the Offspring's efforts to sell bootleg Napster gear on its Web site.
After greeting the band's move with a cease and desist order on Friday, Napster has now softened its stance and has announced that it will work with the Offspring to offer Napster merchandise.
The band has been very vocal in its support of Napster, considered the scourge of the music industry for the ease and access it gives users looking to download free MP3s. In fact, the Offspring was so down with the notion of free trade that it lifted the Napster logo, plastered it on T-shirts, hats, and stickers, and made the items available on its official Web site (at www.offspring.com) last Wednesday... all without the permission of the San Mateo, California company.
Napster, which is currently under fire from many in the music industry (most
visibly Metallica, Dr. Dre, and the Recording Industry Association of America) who charge the company with copyright infringement, then buried the needle on the irony meter by demanding that the band stop selling merchandise imprinted with the Napster logo.
"It's all fair," an Offspring source told SonicNet (part of the MTVi Group) on Thursday. "We've already said you guys [can use] our stuff -- we're gonna do yours, too. You shouldn't have any problem with that, should you?"
Apparently not as Napster and the Offspring announced on Monday that they would "work together to offer a more complete line of Napster products." It was also announced that profits from the sale of that merchandise would benefit a charity chosen by Offspring frontman Dexter Holland and Napster head Shawn Fanning.
"T-shirts... good," Holland then quipped in the announcement.
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