Punk band Offspring said Friday it will give away a new album on the Web, hitting a sour note with a recording industry fighting a landmark copyright case against Internet song-swap service Napster, which it accuses of promoting online piracy.
Offspring's strategy directly contradicts the recording industry's argument that Napster's technology is hurting sales by enabling fans to get music for free.
"Digital downloading is not hurting CD sales," said Offspring's manager Jim Guerinot.
The whole album will be posted by late October, while "Original Prankster," a single from the new CD, will be available for downloading next Friday, when Offspring launches a contest giving fans a chance to win $1 million by downloading the single and registering their e-mail address with the band.
Okay...where do I sign up