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In 1999, Napster was established by an ordinary college student for the purpose of sharing files between him and fifty of his friends. Within a year, the number of users of the file-sharing program increased from fifty to 25 million users, presenting an enormous problem for the music recording industry that still exists today. After the advent of Napster, dozens of similar programs such as Limewire, Kazaa, and Grokster were created and used by millions of people making it relatively impossible for anybody to monitor all of the files being shared, both legal and illegal. After it became evident that illegally downloading music was quickly becoming a major problem, groups like the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) began to take action in order to stop the exponentially increasing number of illegal files being shared. However, illegal downloading has gotten so out of hand that typical file-sharers have developed the "I will never get caught" attitude. Because of this ignorance, the future of the Internet and the recording industry has become clouded. Illegal downloading has quickly become the most popular Internet activity because of its efficiency and convenience. Nevertheless, the RIAA is fighting
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course INART 115 taught by Professor Fehrenbachpaulg during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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