Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Napster offers limited free songs on revamped Web site

Napster offers limited free songs on revamped Web site. OK, Napster is giving away songs for free again. Isn't this what got them in trouble in the first place?

The article notes, "Napster Inc. launched a revamped music Web site Monday that allows limited free, on-demand access to more than two million songs. Visitors to the site can listen to many songs five times before having to buy a copy for 99 cents or subscribe to Napster's premium service."

Yes, it is a little different from before but...

That which is old is new again. I am going to have to revise my example in my lesson plan on copyright for my LIB 197 class. I always used to ask, "Remember when Napster was free? Why do you think copyright holders objected to having their intellectual property given away without compensation?"

The world is changing and information is transmitted differently than it was in the past. Even the economic models are changing. I am OK with that but these changes are making it harder and harder to get across the concept of intellectual property rights and the importance of copyright to college students.

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