How Napster Created the 'Culture of Free'
The software was called Napster, so named by its 18-year-old developer, and its usage soon exploded on college campuses across the country. No longer did music lovers have to go to the record store to buy CDs – with the click of a mouse, they could gain free access to their favorite tunes.
Seeing a fundamental threat to its long-profitable business model, the record industry took to the courts to shut down the upstart company. But a generation of consumers had tasted a new way to get what they wanted – today’s music industry, and the musicians themselves, are still grappling with the Culture of Free.
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