Twenty-three years ago, a poisonous seed was planted in minds that contines to upend commercial media.

A teenage hacker named Sean Parker helped to launch a peer-to-peer file sharing network called Napster that exploited the small size of MP3 files of music digitally copied from CDs. This ignited a revolution of easily downloading free copies of songs you would otherwise have to pay artificially high prices for in a record store or wait to hear on the radio between commercials.

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