Napster Case Study

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I. Introduction

Napster allowed the free download of the various music files which enraged the music companies because it resulted in losses to them. The legal complications had implications for the music industry.

II. Body

a. The decision makers such as music companies, MP3 software companies, retailers, artists, and consumers expressed their views pertaining to the functioning of Napster.

b. The decision makers wanted to achieve their objectives. They also suffered from their various limitations.

c. There was a need for finding an alternative business model in order to avoid the demise of Napster.

III. Conclusion

The legal complications have compelled the Napster and other interested parties to find a solution to the legal problems that emerged due to the cases filed by the music companies against Napster. Control system plan could assure the music companies that their demands would be fulfilled.

Napster: Catalyst for a new industry or Just another

The Napster website has been able to attract large number of internet users who are allowed unlimited downloading of their favorite music albums in the forms of MP3 files. Earlier the music enthusiasts had to depend on the CDs marketed by the larger music companies. The artists also had to depend on the support given by the big five music companies for the publicity to their artistic works. The Napster software solved the problems of the music enthusiasts and the artists. However, the free downloading of the MP3 files affected the interest of the big five music companies as they claimed that their copy rights were being violated by the Napster website.

The legal complications were the main cause for the problems for the Napster. The music companies approached the courts demanding justice as they had invested huge amount of money for producing the music works. Their...