Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectual Property in the Information Age

By Adam Thierer; Wayne Crews | Go to book overview

6
His Napster's Voice
David G. Post

By now, everybody knows the Napster story. Napster, a clever little Internet application invented by a 19-year-old college dropout right out of central casting, is quite simple. It works, more or less, as follows. You download the Napster software. You run the software on your computer. It scans your hard disk and compiles a directory of the names of the music files it finds there. It then sends that directory—not the files themselves, just the list of file names— back to Napster's “home” computer, the Napster server, where it is placed into a database, along with the directories of all of the other Napster users who have gone through the same process (70 million or so at its peak).

The next time you (or any of the 70 million) log onto the Internet, your computer, in addition to doing whatever else it is doing, sends a message to the Napster server: “User John Doe here—I've just logged on to the Internet, and my ‘Internet Protocol address’—the number my Internet Service Provider has assigned to me so that I can send and receive messages over the Internet—is [255.255.4.11].” 1 The Napster server updates the database with this information, so that, in addition to the names of the music files on each Napster user's hard disk, it now contains information about whether each user is, or is not, currently logged on, and the Internet address of all users who are currently online.

So far, so good. If you then find yourself, on some dark and lonely night, desperate to hear, say, Bob Dylan's version of the Stanley Brothers' classic “Rank Stranger,” you send a query to the Napster server: “Does your database list any machines that have a copy of this song? If so, can you please provide me with the list of those that are currently logged onto the Internet—with their IP addresses, if you don't mind?” When the server sends you back that list, the Napster software conveniently lets you send a message directly to any of those machines—because you have their IP addresses you

-107-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectual Property in the Information Age
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 295

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.