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The Creative Destruction of Copyright: Napster and the New Economics of Digital Technology
The University of Chicago Law Review
To determine whether sharing music over peer-to-peer networks such as Napster should be considered copyright infringement, we must first conclude that digital works are entitled to copyright protection. This Article argues against copyright protection for digital works because the economics of digital technology undercuts prior assumptions about the efficacy of a private property regime for information, a public good. Questioning the conventional wisdom that the two interests served bydoi:10.2307/1600355 fatcat:3yx44ami7ngptav2fvgtoyysla