Bear Share: The Next Napsters

Free online music is back, in the indestructible shape of Morpheus

In the beginning was the word, and the word was Napster. Sixty million Internet users around the world downloaded this software gratis, used it to swap their MP3 collections and saw that it was good. But the forces of the recording industry feared for their bottom line, and they did smite Napster with every legal means at their disposal. This was easy, since all Napster users had to pass through a central server and could be blocked on the way. Thus were 60 million sinners cast out of the garden of free music.

After that came a list of "begats." Napster...

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