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Stance on Napster Akin to Promoting Crime

May 04, 2003

I had to laugh out loud when I read the quote from a Wayne State University copyright law professor defending Napster-type technology. ("Universal, EMI Sue Napster Investor," April 23).

She belittled those music copyright holders who dared to resist threats to their intellectual property for "discouraging people from investing in businesses that challenge the business models of the entrenched market leaders in the entertainment industry."

Oh, I see. If I invent cutting-edge technology that lets me drive a new car off some dealer's lot one night, I'm merely "challenging his business model."

Or, perhaps I go online and challenge the business model of American Express by accessing customers' credit card accounts.

When law professors employ business school jargon to defend and obfuscate stealing, nobody's property is safe.

Robert Chandler

Beverly Hills

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