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Music is something that can be listened to almost anywhere due to modern technology When it comes to listening to music while sitting at a computer controversy arises People today want to just be able to click the mouse a few times and be able to listen to thousands of different songs A web site known as Napster is in the middle of a lawsuit with the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA for short over their software This software lets subscribers download all the MP3s they want and do whatever they want with them The controversy arises when these files are then illegally transferred across the Internet Many different terms are used to describe what is involved in this lawsuit MP3 standing for MPEG-1 Layer 3 is a code for compressing the size of audio files for digital distributionwwworeillycom This is usually done by using a computer program that takes songs off of Compact Disks by a method called ripping and then converting them into what are known as MP3s These files can then be easily sent to other people being that one of these files is on average about one megabyte per minute of song And this ability is what is the cause of all the hullabaloo is aboutLike personal computers the Internet MP3s and Napster have not been around for very long According to Napstercom Shawn Fanning developed the original Napster application and service in January 1999 while a freshman at Northeastern University He then founded the company in May of that year Later in 1999 RIAA started a lawsuit against Napster stating the company is violating federal and state copyright laws Since then both sides have been in court numerous times arguing over who is right and whether or not to shut down NapsterThere are basically two different viewpoints to this conflict the first being Napster defending of themselves According to the policies listed on their web page they
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