Monday, July 13, 2009

Ten Years After

It's been ten years since a student in Boston, Shawn Fenning, led a computing revolution that nearly destroyed a multi-billion dollar industry, is profoundly affecting nearly all forms of digital content, spurred Congress to enact new laws, and was influential in promoting Free as a business model.

His Napster long ago was swallowed by turbulent seas, but peer to peer applications live on in more than 200 million computers and is now a respectable noun to be uttered in polite company.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently published a research report looking at the Music Industry 10 years after Napster. It's a good read, especially if you broaden your interpretation to include all digital content.

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