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Napster httpwwwNapstercom is a company that operates exclusively online as a virtual music forum Napster not only allows its visitors the ability to participate in ongoing discussions through its message board forums and online virtual chat rooms but it also allows its visitors the capability to exchange music files MP3s with other Internet users Because Napster is a virtual online public forum Napster should be protected under the First Amendment Under the First Amendment we the people are protected by these rights of freedom of speech and assembly The idea of people coming together in one specific area of the Internet and being able to talk about music is essentially a right of all Americans We have the right to freedom of assembly and the right to freedom of speech This is why Napster should not be shut down Napster should be protected under the First AmendmentWait What is a Napster Shawn Fanning was a nineteen-year-old college student at Northeast University when he first introduced his program Napster Fanning had two loves one was sports and the other was computers As his curiosity grew for computers he decided to stop playing sports He then concentrated most of his time working with computers He primarily focused on two aspects of the computer programming and the Internet During his freshman year at Northeast University in 1998 Fanning was trying to enter computer science classes higher than the entry level Jones 2001 1A Not finding anything challenging about the courses he was enrolled in Fanning decided to start writing a Windows based program in his spare time He spent most of his time in chat rooms with experienced programmers who knew the tricks of the trade so to speak of computer networking Shawns roommate loved music files most commonly known as MP3s but disliked most music sites that had limited music files available He also disliked the idea of having to search endlessly from Website to
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