coincidence – or not. mere days after proclamations of the “new semantic music web” we find that a record label signs deal with napster:

“The two companies are developing a new subscription service to let Net users swap songs copyrighted by the recording giant. Members of the proposed service would be able to search and download songs–legally–from Bertelsmann’s entire catalog of artists, including Santana, the Dave Matthews Band, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.

Bertelsmann said it will drop its lawsuit against San Mateo, Calif.-based Napster once the service successfully launches. For now, the company will offer a loan to Napster to create the subscription service.”

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