Music group retracts free download plan

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Musical group Offspring late last week pulled back an offer for its new album, "Conspiracy of One,'' free on the Internet, due to possible litigation by its record company, Sony Music. Offspring was to put up its official free download two months before its album's release--the first time any band would have arranged such an offer. As an incentive, Offspring and Sony would get valuable e-mail data, and fans could register to win $1 million. While the official free download won't occur, a music marketing executive said, Offspring's album will, no doubt, be fully available on downloaded file-sharing sites, such as Napster, which is tied up in highly public litigation with the major music labels.

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