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Napster encourages song theft

    In response to the April 25 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "Exorcising the ghost of Napster":

    Napster thought big, but did it off the backs of millions of songwriters. It never asked permission to use the songs that we worked to create. All we asked is that it ask us first what to do with our creations. I can't believe anyone who applauds Napster, Kazaa or any other free file-sharing programming any way, shape or form.

    It tried to build a company off material owned by somebody else. You don't steal from someone, and then say, "Here's where you can find a bunch of material that I stole from someone else." If you want to open a cookie store, you have to go out and buy the dough, sugar and ovens--not steal them.

    Scott Lovell
    Los Angeles