Napster Tells Offspring to Cease and Desist

Offspring told to stop selling Napster goods
Posted Jun 3, 2000 at 12:00am
The controversy surrounding Napster stepped up Friday afternoon when the Internet company emailed an order to the Offspring demanding that the band stop selling unauthorized Napster T-shirts, caps and stickers on its Web site.

"They sent a cease and desist letter asking the band to remove the merchandise from the Web site," a source close to the band told Friday afternoon.

The email, which obtained a copy of, came from Napster Business Development Manager Chris Phenner. It reads: "We noticed the sale of Napster-related merchandise on the site, and wanted to ask for the removal of all offers relating to the sales of our merchandise. I have contacted the folks at ArtistDirect as well, and wanted to thank you in advance for your compliance in this matter."

The Offspring were said to be startled by the notice, according to the source, who wished not to be named.

"The band were totally taken by surprise and reluctant to do anything to disappoint Napster fans and the Napster community," said the source. "They are gonna think about [the order] over the weekend."

There was no comment from Napster on the matter by press time.

The Offspring, who had come out publicly in support of the music exchange Web company in April, began selling the bootleg Napster merchandise on Wednesday night. "In typical Offspring fashion, they think it's funny to f*ck with people," the source said Thursday. "They think Napster's cool and want to see how cool they [really] are."

Written by JOLIE LASH for News

Add a Comment

Similar Guitar News

The Offspring Streaming New Single, "Days Go By" (4/27/2012)
'90s punk rock staples The Offspring are now streaming their new single, "Days Go By," online. You can listen via the SoundCloud player below. "Days Go By" is also the title of the band's upcoming new album, which now has a release date of June ...
Offspring Scale New Heights in Video (12/15/2000)
Live performances, snowboarding and surfing included in new Offspring DVD
The Offspring Come Out and Play in L.A. (11/20/2000)
Entertainment, not revolution, is the Offspring's m.o.
Offspring Offer New Album Free on Net, Prize Money Too (9/16/2000)
Dexter Holland and Co. to make next album available as MP3 download
Napster, Offspring Agree to Work Together (6/6/2000)
Napster apologizes to Offspring for cease and desist order
The Offspring Bootleg Napster (6/2/2000)
Bootlegged Napster merchandise available at Offspring's site