Napster : The Problem Of Copyright Infringement

981 Words Apr 29th, 2016 4 Pages
The Napster web site made file swapping over the Internet available via the software necessary for the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file transfer to work. P2P is software that when downloaded onto someone 's computer, enables that person to access another person 's computer to find and copy certain files that the software is designed to recognize. It was used primarily for copying MP3 files, as a result avoiding the need to actually purchase music on CD or some other format.
The popularity of Napster happened quickly with 15 million registered users in less than one year, according to company sources. Napster had the attention of the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), and their concerns of Copyright infringement. About a year after its launch, it was sued by the RIAA, which represented major recording companies such as Universal Music, BMG, Sony Music, and Warner Music Group. They claimed that by allowing users to swap free music recordings, Napster’s service violated Copyright laws. Eventually, the judge ruled against Napster forcing them to shut down operations and liquidate its assets [3].
Napster used P2P technology and the use of a central database that held registered users information. The database contained information on the files they were sharing, their log in details and other information. The database made it easy for users to find and download a specific piece of music.
It was the database that caused the courts to rule against Napster, not the…
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