Re: [Reuters] Offspring giving away its new CD on the Web.

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From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Date: Fri Sep 15 2000 - 16:41:11 PDT

The original Offspring announcement is here:

Also, by way of completeness, Smashing Pumpkins
released their final contractual album to friends
of the band with the intent that they put it up on
Napster as quickly as possible as a FU to the unsupportive record label
that was supposed to be supporting them. For the life
of me I can't find the article although I am convinced
it came out on Monday as they whole album was available then.


Adam Rifkin wrote:
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> Friday September 15 4:49 PM ET
> Punk band Offspring causes stir with Web giveaway
> By Sue Zeidler
> LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Punk band Offspring said Friday it will give away
> its new album on the Web, hitting a sour note with a recording industry
> fighting a landmark copyright case against Internet song-swap service
> Napster (news - web sites), which it accuses of promoting online piracy.
> Offspring's strategy directly contradicts the recording industry's argument
> that Napster's technology is hurting sales by enabling fans to get music
> for free.
> Sony Corp.'s Sony Music, which distributes Offspring and is one of the five
> big labels suing Napster, told the band to cancel the giveaway but the band
> has refused, industry sources said.
> ``Digital downloading is not hurting CD sales,'' said Offspring's manager
> Jim Guerinot.
> Redwood City, Calif.-based Napster's service lets fans swap songs for free
> by trading MP3 files, a compression format that turns music on compact
> discs into small computer files.
> Back in 1998, Offspring wanted to put MP3 files of its ''Pretty Fly (for a
> White Guy)'' single on its Web site before releasing it to radio stations,
> but Sony opposed it.
> The song became a huge hit and one of the mostly frequently downloaded
> singles of all time on Napster and other Web sites, while sales of
> Offspring's ``Americana'' 1998 album skyrocketed at retail stores.
> Offspring now believes that making its new album available for free on the
> Web will boost sales when the CD hits stores on November 14. Furthermore,
> it will let Offspring identify who is downloading its music, Guerinot said.
> ``This album is going to end up on the Internet anyway, whether we like it
> to or not,'' Guerinot said. ``We want to beat them (Napster) to the punch
> and find out who our fans are.''
> The whole album will be posted by late October, while ''Original
> Prankster,'' a single from the new CD, will be available for downloading
> next Friday, when Offspring launches a contest giving fans a chance to win
> $1 million by downloading the single and registering their e-mail address
> with the band.
> Some analysts said the scheme could hurt the industry's case against
> Napster. In July, a U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction
> ordering Napster to ban all big labels' songs from its service, which would
> have effectively shut it down.
> Napster won a last-minute reprieve and an appeals court has set October 2
> for the two sides to make oral arguments.
> In a statement, Sony said, ``while the band has come up with a
> million-dollar idea for their fans and we're excited about the contest, we
> have very real concerns when it comes to unsecured downloading of music and
> piracy on the Internet. We're hopeful that we can arrive at a method that
> will protect everyone's rights and still maintain the integrity of the
> band's idea.''
> Offspring is among a growing list of musical acts, including Limp Bizkit
> and rapper Chuck D., who have come out in favor of Napster and its technology.
> ``The Offspring view of MP3 technology and programs like Napster as a vital
> and necessary means to promoting music and fostering better relationship
> with our fans,'' the band says on its Web site at (
> In firing the latest salvo in the landmark battle with the recording
> industry, Napster on Wednesday told a federal appeals court the case boiled
> down to the industry's efforts to keep a ''chokehold'' on music promotion
> and distribution.
> The Recording Industry Association of America (news - web sites) (RIAA
> (news - web sites)), which represents the big record companies like Sony,
> Seagram Co. Ltd.'s Universal Music, Bertelsmann AG BMG, Sony Music and Time
> Warner's Warner Music Group and EMI, declined comment on the Offspring matter.
> In its latest brief, filed with the Ninth Circuit on Sept 8, the RIAA
> argued that Napster's file-swapping service ''enables, encourages and
> directly benefits from'' copyright infringement on millions of protected
> works.
> The U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Justice Department (news - web
> sites) sided with the RIAA in ``friend of the court'' briefs filed last
> Friday, along with 20 groups from the entertainment, publishing and sports
> industries.
> ----
> Adam@KnowNow.Com
> Friday's arrangement gives Kramden Enterprise, which handles online
> promotions for recording labels, access to promotions to Napster's
> community of more than 30 million users.
> -- "Napster Tries Partnering",

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