The Download Decade: The Bits and Bytes of Culture

    Ten years after Napster the world is still grappling with the digital
    download reality

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - A world without downloading, file sharing and
iPods seems inconceivable today. But this digital age was ushered in a mere 10
years ago with the creation of Napster, the music sharing software. It opened
a Pandora's box.
    Today, The Globe and Mail launches <a href="">The Download Decade</a>, an in-depth
editorial series examining the profound societal, economic and cultural
changes resulting from these new digital technologies. The series will
examine: Napster's critical role in the resurgence of Apple; the growth of
ISPs; new business models and how they are faring; the fundamental
transformation of the music industry; the debate about downloading and whether
ISPs should be forced to hand over information on heavy file sharers;
copyright law impact; and what the future holds.
    "Technology has given the average consumer the ability to determine
where, when and how they want to consume digital media," said Michael Snider,
editor of "Before Napster, file sharing was a geeky
subculture that required a certain degree of tech savviness. That little app
brought it all out in the open and we're still seeing the effects today."
    The five-part multimedia series will run in several newspaper sections
including Report on Business, Focus & Books and News, and online at <a href="">The
Download Decade</a> hub. Interviews, documentaries, photo galleries, podcasts and
more will be available. Audiences can also participate through live online

    In the next two weeks, The Globe's technology reporter Matt Hartley and
online culture and urban affairs columnist Ivor Tossel will examine:
    -   how a 19-year-old university dropout changed the world;
    -   how Apple helped lead the download revolution, which is now
        transforming the arts and entertainment businesses;
    -   the ethical and cultural implications of downloading;
    -   how Canada's policy on copyright measures up against other nations;
    -   what the brave new download world will hold.

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multimedia company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.

For further information:

For further information: Teresa Pagnutti at (416) 969-2721,; Jennifer Hills, (416) 969-2669,

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