This case is about   INTELLECTUAL, PROPERTY REGULATION

PUBLICATION DATE: June 28, 2001 PRODUCT #: 901M02-HCB-ENG

Napster and MP3: Redefining the Music Industry Case Solution

The music industry has changed radically as a result of technological and business innovations that have transformed how music is acquired, and how value is created and spread. Napster, Inc. managed one of several Web sites that enabled Internet user’s free access to MP3 music files–which finally led to lawsuits around issues of the protection of intellectual capital.These issues lead to the assessment of the forces at play in the transformation of the music industry, the strategic choices for players in the industry and the legal context underpinning the tactical choices, with a particular focus on the protection of intellectual capital.

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