Perhaps seeing the proverbial writing on the wall, Napster announced yesterday that it had settled copyright infringement lawsuits brought by hard-rockers-cum -slightly-softer-rockers Metallica, and rapper Dr. Dre. Metallica member (and Napster public enemy #1), Lars Ulrich, said in a statement, "Our beef [yes, he said "beef"] hasn't been with the concept of sharing music. The problem we had with Napster was that they never asked us or other artists if we wanted to participate in their business." Under the terms of the deals, Napster will identify and block access to music files that artists
do not want users to share. Metallica and Dr. Dre, in turn, agreed "to make certain of
material available from time to time once an acceptable model is in place that ensures
payment to artists and publishers for the uses of their works."