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Napster and Bertelsmann to join forcesNapster is one of the largest Internet sites around today where people go to download music All of Napsters registered users are able to exchange music files without a fee However by late June or July this may be changing Napster was created by a college student whose goal was to create a program where he could trade files with his friends He had no idea the program would become so popular First it spread throughout his campus and after a few months it became known worldwide If youre a student or you love to listen to music you probably know all about Napster If you have Napster downloaded onto your computer there will be no reason for you to spend 16 or 18 a CD ever again As long as your computer is equipped with a burner you can make your own CDMany record labels think Napster is breaking copyright laws and causing artist and recording companies to lose money As a result lawsuits were filed against Napster The lawsuits were finally dropped but not without costing Napster a considerable amount of time in the courtroom and money in legal fees To offset these lawsuits and maybe even prevent further lawsuits from emerging Napster has decided to join forces with Bertelsmann a record label who just recently dropped a lawsuit against Napster and thus becoming a subscription based site Napsters decision to become a subscription site did not come without reservation It prides itself on being a free service Internet site Napster knows that it is taking a big chance in losing its customers by charging a fee In Napsters situation they hold the majority of power over their stakeholders the users of their site They decide whether or not their users pay the subscription fees or not Its users hold some power also because they could decide to go to other online providers But it all goes back
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