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P2P can reward labels and artists without curbing user freedom

News | 02/07/2007 5:00 am EST

In 1998, a young man with a shaved head wanted an easy way to search music files online – and inadvertently ignited a time bomb by creating Napster. The music industry roared into litigious battle, shutting Shawn Fanning’s company down and slapping lawsuits against the succession of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that sprang to fill the void, as well as the fans who used them.

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