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SJ Mercury: Dan Gillmor: Issues aside, how Napster works is what really matters

Aug 07, 2000, 20:55 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

"To understand why Napster and its clones may be the most significant development in software since the graphical Web browser, you have to forget about music, copyright and piracy...."

"What matters more about Napster is its architecture, the way it works. Although Napster's implications certainly include troubling questions about the future of intellectual property, the software is doing something even more profound."

"It's `turning the Internet inside out,' in the apt words of Clay Shirky, professor of new media at Hunter College in New York City."

"Or, maybe, back to the right side out. Napster is a giant step toward turning the Web into what it was always supposed to be -- a multi-directional medium that gives consumers of information an easy, powerful way to be producers, too. It's a step toward a medium that could enjoy the same kind of creative explosion that took place after the browser first blasted into public consciousness."

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