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Short Take: Napster averts piracy black eye

Napster and pop-punk band The Offspring have settled what threatened to be an embarrassing disagreement over "pirated" T-shirts and other Napster products. The musicians had offered unauthorized Napster merchandise for sale on their Web site, putting the software company--itself under fire for allowing widespread music piracy--in the awkward position of objecting to someone else's theft. But today the company and the band agreed to market the products jointly, removing the need for Napster to complain.

Napster and pop-punk band The Offspring have settled what threatened to be an embarrassing disagreement over "pirated" T-shirts and other Napster products. The musicians had offered unauthorized Napster merchandise for sale on their Web site, putting the software company--itself under fire for allowing widespread music piracy--in the awkward position of objecting to someone else's theft. But today the company and the band agreed to market the products jointly, removing the need for Napster to complain.