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Short Take: Napster sponsors hard rock music tour

It's under attack by the record industry, but that's not stopping MP3-swapping firm Napster from playing a part in the music business' big leagues. The start-up is sponsoring a free concert tour by hard rock band Limp Bizkit, which defends the Napster software as a way to try out music before buying it. Napster is being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America and by heavy metal artists Metallica for alleged copyright violations.

It's under attack by the record industry, but that's not stopping MP3-swapping firm Napster from playing a part in the music business' big leagues. The start-up is sponsoring a free concert tour by hard rock band Limp Bizkit, which defends the Napster software as a way to try out music before buying it. Napster is being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America and by heavy metal artists Metallica for alleged copyright violations.