Stories by Hane C. Lee and Michael Learmonth

Spawn of Napster

Howard King has a lot on his plate these days. The attorney represents heavy-metal band Metallica, which three weeks ago led the latest charge against Napster Inc., the maker of a popular music-swapping software program. The group sued Napster for contributory copyright infringement and racketeering. Now, more of King's high-profile clients are lining up: Last week, rapper Dr. Dre filed his own suit, and King says at least 10 other artists or managers and a publishing firm have approached him about taking legal action against the Internet company.