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The Internet provides many different types of information on virtually any topic possible There are many components that make up the Internet besides text Software that is available on the Internet is ever-changing and is rapidly growing Napster is a software company located in California that distributes music to users all over the world Napster is among the many programs that enables you to share audio files with people all over the world on the Internet The controversial topic is where do you cross the line between sharing and stealing Many people believe that Napster should be banned permanently because it violates numerous copyright laws and many major company labels should be paid for there losses There are also some people that think Napster should be allowed because it isnt really considered to be stealing if someone gives you the music for freeThis issue has intensified over the past 6 months and now there is a legal debate to determine Napsters fate on the Internet The co-owner of Napster is Shawn Fanning At a young age of 19 years old Fanning designed Napster as a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston Fanning bought and self-taught himself Windows 95 Common Controls and Messages API Bible off of wwwAmazoncom He began building a piece of software that would allow people to connect to a computer network where they could freely trade songs back and forth This is defined as peer to peer technology He named it Napster and it was more than just normal computer code What he created was not only the fastest-growing Internet program in the world but also the launch of a paradigm shift for the world wide web Some have dubbed Fanning the Robin hood of the Internet comparing him to stealing from rich music industries and providing millions with free music Fanning dropped out of school relocated to California and started the company Napster rose 500 percent by users in 6 months
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