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Thursday, 27 April, 2000, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
Rapper Dre sues MP3 site
Napster
Napster has become popular with US students
Rap artist Dr Dre is suing US internet company Napster for copyright infringement after it failed to take his tracks off its music download directory.

The suit, filed at the US district court in Los Angeles, follows a similar one filed earlier this month by rock group Metallica.

"I don't like people stealing my music," the rapper - real name Andre Young - said in a statement.

Napster allows users to trade and search for free MP3 music files on the internet.

Fred Durst at Woodstock 99
Napster fan: Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst

Dr Dre and his label, Aftermath Entertainment, sued Napster after the company failed to co-operate with a written request to remove his tracks from its database.

The legal action accuses the company of "building a business based on large-scale piracy",

The service has become wildly popular with students, and many US universities have banned its use after it clogged up their computer networks.

Yale, Indiana, and California universities also banned access to the Napster site after being named in Metallica's lawsuit, which alleges copyright infringement and racketeering.

Trade organisation the Recording Industry Association of America sued Napster in December, claiming that the website promotes piracy and copyright infringement.

Earlier this week, the company announced it was promoting a free tour by the rock band Limp Bizkit, whose singer Fred Durst called the site "an amazing way to market and promote music".

He added: "The internet is here, and the ones trying to fight that are the people who are living by certain standards and practices of the record industry - those are the only people who are scared and threatened."

See also:

03 Mar 00 | Education
Students fight music web ban
02 Mar 00 | Business
UK music 'must tackle internet'
29 Feb 00 | Brit Awards
Music online: The story so far
28 Sep 99 | Sci/Tech
It's only MP3 but I like it
22 Apr 99 | Entertainment
Taming music on the Web
25 Apr 00 | Entertainment
MP3 site takes the Bizkit
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