The Free Juke Box

College kids are using new, simple software like Napster to help themselves to pirated music

The Internet is great not only for distributing homemade digital entertainment. It's also increasingly being used for swapping and swiping products, especially music, made by major artists and studios. By now, the long-running legal battle between the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA)--representing the traditional recording industry--and the millions of college kids downloading free jams over the Net has begun to resemble those chewing-gum commercials where fusty geezers shake their canes at crazy kids and their "flavor crystals." The latest twist in this saga of college kids ignoring their elders, not to mention copyright law, is the emergence of file-sharing software...

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