Mini case study Napster

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Reinier van der Plank

“The adaptive cycle of Napster”

Organization: Napster

Author: Maarten van der Poel

Course: (V)ODC 2013/2014

Keywords: mini case study

Abstract

Advances in technology could pose new challenges and one of those challenges in the Information Age is Intellectual property. In 2000 the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and the Emerging Information Infrastructure posed a dilemma namely the ‘digital dilemma’. The internet enabled people to share digital files and multiply these digital files in an easy way. At first glance this sounds wonderful because information could be accessed anywhere even from home. But there is also a negative side for the authors and publishers. If their information could be distributed easily how many copies of their creation are going to be sold? The answer could be one and this is of course destructive for all the authors and publishers out there. They have to search for a digital technology which could obstruct the use of their digital files. Together with legal sanctions they can enforce people to use their files in a legal manner but this could reduce the access to society’s intellectual and cultural heritage. This dilemma is in some sense started by the foundation of Napster.

Contributors

Reinier van der Plank