Napster Documentary In the Making

Director Alex Winter is working on a documentary covering the rise and fall of Napster.

Napster’s Sean Parker had a key role in the Facebook film The Social Network, but his story and that of Napster’s founder Shawn Fanning will now be told in a brand new documentary.

“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,” Winter told Deadline.

“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.”

Winter further said that Parker, Fanning, musicians and label executives will participate in the documentary.

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