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so Napster's service couldn't be fairly described as a "..device(s)/technique(s) to bypass copy protection mechanisms.."

Actually, it can be by their own definition:
Napster is a software program that allows you to find your favorite music by connecting you to the computers of millions of other users.
This was taken from their own website

It has ALWAYS been legal for individuals to make copies of music they own. It is illegal to distribute those copies without the written permission of the copyright holder (read: the artist or artist's representative). That the music which is being shared is never "touched" by Napster is moot ... people are using their program for the purpose of distribution. What's more, this is how Napster intended their program to be used.

It's not wrong or immoral for someone to get paid for something they create. Even artists deserve bread and shelter. The internet is a great way to see and listen to new artists. Artists will always be allowed to distribute their work as they see fit. If an artist would like people to download copies of their songs, then so be it. It is up to the artist to decide how best to distribute their work ... not you.

Cheers and keep up the discussion.
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