Ever since the new technological device, the computer been invented, the world has been put on noticed. The possibilities with this new device are unlimited and it kinda of scary. It's not the device itself, it's the person who gets their hands on one that could make history.
Depending on who get their hands on one, it could be used for useful things such as learning, reading online news publications, shopping, or in a professional setting. On the dark side, it could also be used for cyberbully, pornography, cheating, and even privacy issues.
Privacy issues are one of the most common computer topics in the world today. The subject? Piracy which is the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work. Plagiarism, illegal copying, copyrighting and bootlegging. "Contemporary piracy is also associated with the file-sharer: generally a young white man hiding behind a computer screen somewhere in Europe or North America, downloading movies and music" (James and Martin). The music industry is the primary victim in piracy. People often overlook those getting affected by illegal downloading of music. Today, there are hundreds of ways to download music. Click the button below to view how easy it could be.
Downloading illegal music had to come from somewhere. Right? The history all started from somewhere and Alex Winter tells the story through his documentary "Downloaded". Winter's "Downloaded" is about three teenagers founding the software called Napster to upload any music anyone wants to listen to just by a click of a button. The software was founded in 1999 when computers were still being discovered by the world. At that time most did not even know the internet existed.
The Focal point and The Future of the Music Industry
Winter wanted the world to know that Napster and the three Teenagers made history. Winter had presented facts for what Napster did to the Music Industry in his film. The software exposes artist all around the world for fans to download and listen too. Even those without a large fan base. Record Labels can now found new talent easier. Seung-Hyun Hong from the University of Illinois cleared up the impact on how Napster affected the Music Industry in his research "MEASURING THE EFFECT OF NAPSTER ON RECORDED MUSIC SALES: DIFFERENCE-IN-DIFFERENCES ESTIMATES UNDER COMPOSITIONAL CHANGES".
"Systematic file sharing began with Napster. After its introduction in June 1999, Napster quickly became popular among Internet users. The number of users grew extraordinarily, and numerous music files were exchanged via Napster.7 Although other minor file-sharing programs appeared during the Napster period, Napster was undoubtedly the dominant file-sharing service until early 2001."