"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
"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
"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
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