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7 Overall

5 Applicability

7 Innovation

8 Style


Journalist Trevor Merriden narrates the Napster saga in this combative historical account. His book traces Napster’s journey from the development of free music downloads, to the record companies’ fury and the subsequent legal fight. Although some of today’s new corporate models - developed in the wake of Napster’s copyright legal loss - contradict some of Merriden’s expectations for the peer-to-peer approach, recommends this easy-to-read book to general readers, though executives and managers who have deeper concerns about technology or intellectual property will enjoy it even more.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The history of the music file-swapping revolution launched by Napster;
  • Details of the controversy over copyright infringement and the recording companies’ court case against Napster, and
  • The types of future businesses that are emerging to offer file swapping in the wake of the anti-Napster copyright ruling.

About the Author

Trevor Merriden , editor-in-chief of Internet Business magazine, specializes in the application of new technology and ideas. He has written, lectured and broadcast on a wide range of business and economic issues for media in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.



The Power of Napster
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