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Napster Peer to Peer Technology The latter half of the twentieth century has witnessed a dramatic decline in the purchase price of breeding technologies much to the displeasure of the copyright industry. The technological progress has been virtually unstoppable: the photocopier into the tape recorder, the video tape recorder to the newly developed recordable CD. The spread of the Internet over the past 10 years has resulted in the new evolution of the abrupt decline in the price of distribution technologies. The world wide web has allowed worldwide distribution in a rather insignificant price. Since the beneficiaries of the statutory copyright monopoly, the copyright industries have a powerful interest in neutralizing the biting effect of these technologies on their monopoly over reproduction and distribution. It would seem that there exists two conceptions of those copyright laws. The first being the actual written interpretation of our current copyright law as defined by the courts and which will be known by industries that are based on the copyright monopoly and who've had a significant role in its drafting. Second, there's the interpretation of the copyright law as known and defined by consumers. This interpretation seems to be the unwritten version of the copyright legislation, which can be applied in the non-commercial/not available or profit/fair use planet of customers when trading real time tapes or Cds, photocopying books or interesting articles to pass along (at attending University, I've discovered that this practice of copying required text books is becoming widespread among students) or just posting articles on bulletin boards or office doors. Both of these conceptions of the copyright legislation have shrunk in full force with the c.. .