In its time, Napster was a very popular piece of software which allowed its members to listen to, search for and share MP3 files. Also, it gave its users a new way to communicate with each other. Because of its unique features, and because it was free, it became the world’s most successful company of its kind (in its time). The software and company was invented and founded in May 1999 by Horatio J. Napster (Mazerolle 2001).
After a very successful three months, the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) told Napster’s management that the music it provided was “a violation of their member’s copyrights” (Mason 2012). The RIAA also gave fair warning and advice to cease its original business plan (sharing free music) and to go through the legal channels by getting permission to use copyrighted music (Mason 2012). When Napster ignored the warning and continued their original plan, the RIAA and many other musicians filed many law suites against Napster which were not resolve until long after 2001.
Mason M. 2012, Early History of Napster, viewed 15 August 2012
Moya K. Mason writes in his essay a time line of the rise, fall and law suits of the music platform “Napster” in his introduction he writes that a person called Shawn Fanning created the “Napster” software.
Mazerolle J. 2001, ‘A brief history of Napster: [Final Edition]’, The Ottawa Citizen, CanWest Digital Media, Canada, ProQuest Central, viewed 15 August 2012.
John Mazerolle wrote in his article a brief history of the rise and fall of Napster. But, he says that Horatio J. Napster founds the Napster service. I used this name instead of the other name mantiones (Shawn Fanning) because I found Mazerolle’s article on the Griffith library proxy and thought that this information was mere reliable.