Everyone who uses the Internet has heard of some way to swap MP3 files back and forth. A lot of people who don't even use the Internet have heard of Napster, Scour, Aimster, Gnutella, etc. Why is this? Napster has gained a lot of notoriety lately, but how could one computer program written by a teenager become so popular? This college dropout's program makes it very easy to listen to your favorite music for free, and this has the recording industry up in arms while many artists are pro-Napster.7 In the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, the U.S. Government declared it legal to share music, and make recordings of it, as long as it is not used commercially or to make a profit.
Instead of handing out promo CD’s, they can simply upload their music onto the internet and circulate their music that way; a much more inexpensive and effective method. For example, I had not heard of the band Good Charlotte ... ... middle of paper ... ... record label if they request it. Possible results may include individuals being sued for downloading music. This may seem as a step in the direction of doing away with the free distribution of music online, but I feel that there will always be a loophole. Students can anonymously sign on and download music, or register under fake information.
In 1998, a program that played MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 files called Winamp was offered for download on the Internet as a free music player. Soon, people all over the world were copying music files off of CDs and converting them to MP3 files, then making them available to others over the Internet. In 1999, music piracy off... ... middle of paper ... ...stry Association of America and other sensible people continue to fight against it, piracy will always be contained at least to a diminutive degree. Works Cited “Fewer Than 1 in 10 Teenagers Believe that Music Piracy is Morally Wrong.” The Barna Group, LTD. n.p. 26 April 2004.
The problem started when Napster came out and should have ended when it was shutdown. Unfortunately, not enough has been done to stop the illegal transfer of files. It’s time someone takes full action and ends this detrimental offense. Napster is a company that developed the so-called peer-to-peer technology that lets people search and retrieve music files directly from one another's personal computers. When Napster first came out, millions of internet users worldwide were illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted music, videos, images, and software for free.
Napster He was young, innocent, loved sports and computers, and had a mind that was brilliant. Young Shaun Fanning, the genius that created Napster focused on two aspects of the computer: programming and the Internet. His computer fascination grew into an obsession throughout High School. Wandering through the Internet, Shaun inadvertently invented the MP3 music file sharing application, Napster. Using the idea of all users being connected to one central server, yet all having access to each other's music files for free, has caused lawsuits all over the country.
Napster, an idea from the head of a teenager redefined the Internet and the music industry forever. The Napster website concept is simple: its creator hoped to design a "program that allows computer users to swap MP3s with one another directly (aka Peer to Peer File Sharing), without going through a middleman. Napster had achieved a tremendous level of success, but it once was a controversial service that spurred what is still one of the greatest Internet-related debates: Just because we can get the music we want without paying for it, should we?, although it is technically a file sharing program that has a central server. However, this simple idea has caused one of the biggest Internet revolutions in history, growing in popularity. It has also caused retaliation from the Recording Industry Association of America, which has unleashed its anger in the form of many lawsuits against Napster for copyright infringement.
The MP3 format allowed listeners to check out new artists and allowed for people to sent songs to each other of artists they thought should be heard. This was a good way for unknown artists to be heard or forgotten artist to be re-discovered. Radio station play lists or MTV’s idea of the next big thing did not fuel this rekindled interest in music. Rather a desire to simply listen to music was all that drove this phenomenon of people downloading music. Certainly there are detractors to the format who charge that MP3’s steal revenues off their music.
A MP3 is now becoming mainstream format for music like records, tapes, and CD's which are currently being used, but to play MP3's a program is needed like Winamp or Microsoft's Windows Media Player. The MP3 has become the most commonly used but unofficial file format to encode digital music for downloading off the Internet. The Internet is the heart of the MP3, without it, this new format would never survive because the Net allows surfers to download songs in a matter of minutes without cost or leg... ... middle of paper ... ...s similar to MusicGuard ™. It is clear that the MP3 phenomenon will not be going anywhere because this new file format is so attractive to Internet users. The reason for concern over online piracy and MP3's is mainly because recording companies and artists are willing to sit back and let money get taken from their hard work.
While Napster does not condone copyright infringement, there is no opportunity in the software to stop this, or for royalties to be paid to artists whose songs are being duplicated for free. Unlike similar file-sharing applications (Gnutella, Freenet), Napster limits users to uploading/downloading of MP3 files only. These files are compressed wave (.wav) files. The advantage of MP3 files is that they are approximately one-tenth the size of the corresponding .wav file and can be close-to-CD-quality. It is for this reason that many artists, record labels and other music industry stakeholders are concerned by the MP3 file format and applications like Napster that simplify the sharing of copyrighted material.
Music was very successful back in the past but now is being loss by music piracy. Artists dealing with people copying or stealing their creation without them approving of it. They also distribute the music and make money off of something that they never created themselves. Internet piracy has been a cause of a lot of argument. It’s grown and become the new thing of communicating in our generation.