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It’s fitting that a trailer for a documentary depicting the creation of music file-sharing service Napster begins with the trademark shriek and hiss of a dial-up modem.
As a part of Vh1’s Rock Docs series, the Alex Winter-directed documentary Downloaded appears to trace the meteoric rise of Napster — and how it led to “music’s lost decade” (as one headline states in the trailer) as the industry scrambled to make sense of the new technology.
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“We literally went from being high school kids leading normal, mundane lives to — twelve months later — bringing one of the largest U.S. industries to its knees and basically fighting what is the largest corporate lawsuit in the history of the world,” said Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, in the Downloaded trailer.
In April, Winter spoke to MTV News about why he chose a project focusing on the creation of the social-network.
“My passion about this was that the real Napster was online from ’99 to 2002. It was the invention of peer-to-peer technology in a way that actually worked, meaning [co-founder] Shawn Fanning created Napster when he was 18. He had this vision bringing the whole world together via music and creating a global community,” Winter explained to the network.
The documentary is listed as “Coming Soon” on Winter’s website. The doc’s poster teases the film as “Napster: The Music. The Battle. The Revolution.”
Watch the trailer below (via Slashfilm):
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