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Rip Mix Burn Steal After a dramatic federal court ruling that has shut Napster down will have an effect on sharing music files on the internet Napster has been one of the hottest sites on the internet in the last eighteen months with more than fifty million users Napster allows anyone with a CD burner to and a modem to download free music and burn it to a CD The main purpose or as it seems is to avoid the cost of new CDs But some argue that it has different uses Some musicians say that it allows them to get their music out to the public by avoiding the record companies Others say they use it to hear a groups music before they buy their CD While others say that it is stealing That it keeps musicians from making money off of their music Which also keeps record companies from making money Plus it also takes sales away from record stores The recording industry could do one of two things First Succeed in killing off Napster But with the Sons of Napster popping up all over the place and with the music industry always one step behind the nineteen-year old software designers creating the new peer-to-peer programs like Gnutella Aimster LimeWire BearShare Audiogalaxy Satellite and Morpheus Although none of these have achieved the success of Napster they are collectively approaching its popularity Second it could go online and start to offer its own music services The moment if went after Napster it should have offered its own online services at a reasonable price but it didnt and now they have to deal with a large amount of copy-cat music-sharing programs The industry also wants users to rent songs Users would pay a monthly fee and get access to the music Once they stopped paying the fee the music would stop The recording companies will ultimately have only one thing to offerpublic relations services to
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