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osOpinion: Napster Loses and we all lose

Aug 01, 2000, 12:47 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cvetan Pavloski)

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"When looking at the Napster vs. RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) battle, it's easy, as a user, to side with Napster about the whole case. It's also easy to side with the RIAA, as this song sharing can be seen as stealing. With a closer look, though, this case has no black or white area at all. It's totally in a fog of grey."

"The truth is that neither side is right."

"A long time ago MCI had a great commercial on television, which in a nutshell showed several people of different races and different cultures in different parts of the world. This commercial showed the fundamental idea of the Internet itself. That is the sharing of ideas without the boundaries imposed by society, like color, race, and your physical look. The "Net," in it's basic and most complex form, is made of ideas. Every website you visit, every thought you read, everything you buy is an idea. In this same way Napster shares ideas. Napster gave people a way to share their music libraries with others, but it ballooned into something that capitalist society was not ready for, the free exchange of music and ideas. Any way you look at it, every song, and every note is an idea, whether they be written by Metallica, or my friend's band. To shut Napster down would be a slap in the face to the people who traverse this thing we call the "Net."

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