The rise and fall of Napster and the birth of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology created by Shawn Fanning when he was a college student, changed music to movies, and made possible everything from Julian Assange, WikiLeaks to the iPod and Facebook. It became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work. And it is a fascinating human story, where this 18-year-old kid invents a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, and brings it to the world six months later.
Alex Winter, an actor known for his films The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, directs the new documentary Downloaded, about Napster's rise and fall. Arriving in theaters in 2013, the first trailer has been released. Watch and learn how Shawn Fanning's college side-project changed the world.