Napster Research Paper

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Back in 1999, a program was released called Napster, unbeknownst to its creators that they would be starting a domino effect in the world of piracy and the growing internet culture. Napster started a peer-to-peer file sharing revolution, which has become a perpetual machine in the present day. There are a limitless amount of websites these days that you can go to watch or stream television shows, movies, and music. The piracy community that exists on the internet could be compared to a Hydra when governments shut down one site, two more pop up. Is piracy really hurting the Entertainment Industry, or are they just crying wolf?
Since 1999 when Napster revolutionized peer-to-peer file sharing, there has been a multitude of different free programs
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How exactly does that affect these industries? It is doubtful that most, if not everyone that pirates a song, an episode of their favorite TV show or the newest big box office movie thinks about how that could affect the industry and the people involved in the making of it. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) since 1999 in the U.S. music sales have dropped 53 percent, that 's a total of $14.6 billion in 1999 to $7.0 billion in 2013 ("RIAA - Scope Of The Problem"). With a decrease in sales, it would lead to a decrease in employment. Between 1999 and 2010, almost 60 percent of the people employed to help find and create new music and artists have lost their jobs ("RIAA - Google 's New …show more content…
They will have to keep evolving with the growing internet pirate community, eventually having to figure out how to get people to pay for what they are downloading. I think the success of Netflix is a clear sign that people will still pay for access to quality content, but at a low reasonable price. Where it still makes the person feel like they are getting it for free. HBO may also be leading the way in the TV show market with creating a subscription to stream their content over the internet for a low monthly fee without having a cable subscription, no doubt a direct cause from their popular TV shows and movies being the most downloaded in the world. With HBO changing their ways to get people to pay for their content, and the growing popularity of Netflix. It 's going to be up to the industry leaders to change the way they do business if they wish to stay in busy. As of now it doesn 't look like the internet pirating community is going to slow down anytime soon, but I think a majority would slowly move to pay services if they were at a price where it made them feel as if they were getting something for nothing. I know I would, and I do. Now it’s up to everyone else to choose to help or

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