City Pages cover appears in trailer for new Napster documentary
The upcoming documentaryDownloaded
takes a look at the rise and fall of Napster and includes interviews with a Who's Who of the music industry.
Ever since she was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America five years ago, Thomas-Rasset has become a central figure in the revolutions convulsing the music business. She's been featured in documentaries about remix culture and gets recognized in the supermarket from her appearances on the evening news.Almost everyone who received a threatening letter from the RIAA in those days settled with the record labels instead of going to court. Not Thomas-Rasset--she was the first person to fight.The result has been a seemingly endless legal battle, with three separate trials and the promise of more to come.But as she's lost case after case, Thomas-Rasset has become something of a martyr to the digital revolution, a symbol of the lengths to which a powerful industry will go to protect an out-dated business model.
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