Napster VP resigns post, accepts iCast Music gig

REDWOOD CITY, CA: In the midst of a legal battle over copyright, Napster.com, the controversial MP3 file-sharing Web site, has lost its PR supremo, Liz Brooks.

REDWOOD CITY, CA: In the midst of a legal battle over copyright, Napster.com, the controversial MP3 file-sharing Web site, has lost its PR supremo, Liz Brooks.

REDWOOD CITY, CA: In the midst of a legal battle over copyright, Napster.com, the controversial MP3 file-sharing Web site, has lost its PR supremo, Liz Brooks.

Brooks, Napster's VP of marketing, quit last week to take a job with iCast Music, where she will lead the firm's development of new artists and marketing.

However, Brooks denies jumping a sinking ship. 'I went to Napster because I thought it was the most groundbreaking place to be,' she said. 'I still think it's an incredible company with incredible potential, but I just saw an opportunity that could not be passed up.'

Of the tumult in her past workplace, she admits: 'Dealing with that level of PR was crazy, but Internet companies spend hundreds of millions trying to achieve the brand recognition that Napster has.'

Brooks' resume includes stints as director of artists and repertoire for Sony Music and Virgin Records, where she handled such stars as Fiona Apple and The Verve. She was behind Napster's sponsorship of last year's nationwide tour by the band Limp Bizkit. Free to fans, the tour generated plenty of press for Napster and helped draw thousands of young listeners to the site.

Brooks is the latest in a series of hiring coups for iCast, a multimedia entertainment site majority-owned by the Internet incubator CMGI. In August, the site snagged CEO, Joe Fleischer, from MP3.com and its senior VP of marketing and corporate strategy, Fred Siegel, from Excite.com.



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