Concern grows For Nicky Wire Following his statements about Napster last month. The pronouncements came after six tracks from . the Manic Street Preachers' forthcoming album, Know Your Enemy, appeared on the Internet music sharing service.
"Napster are an American company who are desperately out to conquer the world and sell their shares for as much as they can," he said. "They're just as evil as Coca-Cola."
The songs were lifted from a.website belonging to Sony, the band's record company, who immediately threatened Napster with legal action. Napster responded by blocking the accounts of anyone attempting to access the offending music. But Wire wasn't happy about that either, despite declaring Napster to be the "antithesis" of Know Your Enemy's righteous content.
"It's just Sony's incompetence," he said. "We don't care at all, because to be honest it just shows that these multinational companies are very fallible."
Wire will be pleased, then, that last month a US court ordered Napster to stop its users From swapping copyrighted music. The ruling also made the company liable for failing to prevent the distribution of such material. Napster is to appeal against the decision.