Hal Plotkin is a journalist based in San Francisco, California. He wrote the following viewpoint in April 2000, when the first major online music sharing service, Napster, was still in operation.
Summary: Napster and other peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are not just about sharing music. All manner of human creations—including books, movies, and paintings, as well as music—can be put into digital form, and once digitized, can be freely shared via P2P networks. P2P networks will therefore revolutionize the way that people obtain access to these works....
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