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Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 107

Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 107 - 80 Chapter 3 Data...

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80 Chapter 3 Data Representation Napster worked through the direct exchange of files from one computer to another. This peer-to-peer sharing allows users to bypass a central server, access music files from computers located all over the world, and download those files. The ease of this application led to its immediate popularity, especially among college students, who used Napster more than any other age group. An additional factor in the appeal of Napster was that the user did not pay for the music. The music industry’s objection to Napster stemmed from the fact that this property changes hands at no charge. Artists and labels collected no royalties when their music was copied through Napster, and they might lose prospective customers. Opponents argued that Napster infringed on copyrights and that the file-swapping service should be shut down. Napster disagreed, asserting that the music files are personal files and therefore are not the responsibility of the company.
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