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How Music Got Free

What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?

By Stephen Witt
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How Music Got Free: What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? by Stephen Witt

How Music Got Free (2015) tells the remarkable story of the mp3 file, from its inception in a German audio lab to its discovery by a man working in a North Carolina CD-pressing plant, who would eventually team up with a piracy group to bring the entire music industry to its knees.

  • Musicians and music consumers
  • Anyone interested in copyright law
  • Anyone interested in internet freedom

A member of the pirate generation, Stephen Witt holds degrees in mathematics and journalism and has worked in economic development and the stock market.

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