Digital fakeout. (Music).
It's called "spoofing" and it may be the latest music-industry tactic to discourage the swapping of music files via the Internet. The problem is that spoofing--which involves posting thousands of corrupted or fake versions of popular songs on music-trading sites--may be just as legally suspect as digitally trading music online. The shift in music-industry tactics is taking place because dozens of alternative programs to trade MP3 files, like Kazaa and Grokster, have replaced the once wildly popular Napster, which appears to have lost its final battle In federal court. Spoofing has had only limited success so far, but the Industry defends it and other online trickery as a legal defense of music copyrights. Just in case, a California Congressman introduced federal legislation this summer that would legalize these tactics.