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Byline: Dawn C. Chmielewski
Oct. 11--The old defiant Napster returned to federal district court Wednesday, turning the tables on the record labels by putting the industry's own business practices on trial.
Napster accused the world's five biggest record companies of abusing their hold over popular music by withholding licenses from Napster and other independent music services. And it charged the labels continue to engage in anti-competitive practices -- forming joint ventures like MusicNet and pressplay that set prices and dictate terms for online music distribution in a way that would stifle competition.
"Why do people buy oil from OPEC?" said Napster attorney Celia Barenholtz, likening …