I think that the most beautiful thing lately hasn't been in hardware or software per se but collaboration - the idea behind Napster, which uses the distributed power of the Internet as its engine.— Steven Levy
Surprising Napster quotations
Back before Napster and Spotify, we toured to promote record sales.
Now we make records to promote tour dates.
I think it's pretty obvious to most people that Napster is not media specific, but I could see a system like Napster evolving into something that allows users to locate and retrieve different types of data other than just MP3s or audio files.
Ever since Napster I've dreamt of building a product similar to Spotify.
Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.
When you think of Napster, you think of music.
But the first thing that struck me was that this was an important case not only for the music industry but for the whole Internet.
I challenge record companies to show me evidence of a single penny they've lost due to Napster.
It's a radical time for musicians, a really revolutionary time, and I believe revolutions like Napster are a lot more fun than cash, which by the way we don't have at major labels anyway, so we might as well get with it and get in the game.
Napster is essentially using the music to make money for themselves and that's the part that's both morally and legally wrong. That I think is more relevant than whether or not I'm losing money.
Napster's only alleged liability is for contributory or vicarious infringement.
So when Napster's users engage in noncommercial sharing of music, is that activity copyright infringement? No.
This kid came up with Napster, and before that, none of us thought of content protection.
With Napster and the sharing of music, of course, there are going to be people who exploit it. Greed has no end. But there's a lot of good that could happen. We shouldn't let the economic concerns of the major labels infringe on our freedom to share music.
Napster works because people who love music share and participate.
Napster was predicating its business model on violation of copyright.
When you think about the guys who started Twitter, and the Google guys, and the Facebook guys and the Napster guys, and the Microsoft guys, and the Dell guys and the Instagram guys, it's all guys. The girls, they're being left behind.
Napster hijacked our music without asking.
They never sought our permission. Our catalog of music simply became available as free downloads on the Napster system.
I have a very difficult time getting the Napster world.
I think music should be free. I think all communication should be free. I think people should respect artists, and there should be a certain respect for artists who give their music away for free. If your music winds up on Napster and you approve of it, then the person downloading your music should at least go to your concert, should at least purchase your songs.
I hate to say Napster kind of killed our business, but what can I tell ya?
It's was all the internet. I started writing songs in high school, right about the time of the onset of Napster. I went to college in Dallas, and when I'd get back from class I'd have fans emailing me from different areas of the country asking when the album was going to be out and when I was going on tour. It was crazy, because I didn't even consider myself a professional musician.
The business model of Linux distribution is broken;
it's like the business model of the dotcoms. Running your company on Linux is like running your company on Napster.
I think the fact that Napster is stealing recorded music is something that we have to stop. It's taking money out of my kid's mouth. That is the way I look at it. It's inherently wrong. It's stealing.