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In 1999 an 18-year-old college drop out named Shawn Fanning invented the program that was Napster Almost instantaneously upon its release its popularity grew making the small building located in Redwood City California an instant controversial interest across America Napster was an Internet based program that allowed users share and download media files for free Since Napster didnt hold the files and they originally belonged to the users it was difficult for the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA to file a case against them Eventually at Napsters peak in 2001 it was shut down Nonetheless new programs rose to take Napsters place There are two that still exist and are the most popular Morpheus and Kazaa which are used most frequently by the youth of America Since 2003 the RIAA has found a new way to end file sharing suing any individual found with an excessive amount of illegal music and charged at an average of 12500 to 17000 The prices these kids have to pay are ridiculous and the fact that they are being sued in the first place is an outrage Because they download music innocent parents must pay the price Downloading music for free is easy and convenient and may encourage the user to buy a full album The main issue is that sharing music is right Most of the file sharers are middle class teenagers who would rather listen to that one song instead of buy the whole album Many teenagers do not have a monthly income to buy albums with that one song they want Some feel that buying the whole album isnt worth the money as the prices have recently increased within the past few months Increased album prices only encourage file sharers to share more music more often than before Even before file sharing programs appeared people could easily record music from their CDs onto their tapes and give them to friends so they could duplicate the
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