Napster rallies support at Judiciary hearing

Site giving away t-shirts to fans/protesters in D.C.

WASHINGTON — You, too, can win a free Napster T-shirt and concert ticket. That is, if you’re one of the first 1,000 people signing up to show support for Napster at a congressional hearing April 3 on the future of online entertainment.

“We are at a critical crossroads in our fight to prevent Napster from being shut down by the major record companies, despite Napster’s effort to resolve the dispute,” the Napster Web site states. “Congress needs to know they cannot sit by while the … companies doggedly try to shut down Napster. GET INVOLVED!”

On the eve of the hearing, Napster founder Shawn Fanning will hold a teach-in for supporters. The next morning, they will gather en masse outside the offices of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding a status session on copyright issues and the Internet.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chair of the committee, has yet to release a witness list or precise agenda.

That evening, Napster will hold a concert at an undisclosed club in downtown D.C. to thank fans, aka protesters. Remember, wear your T-shirts.

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