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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
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This is great subject matter for the digital age. Themes such as industrial power and decline, innovation and fear of the new and unknown are explored and plundered, or maybe "pirated".....Maybe it is the romantic notion of a pirate, risking and venturing to obtain the otherwise unattainable.

We are all certainly mystified and interested in the characters of Shawns Parker, Fanning and company. Their exploits in the early days of the Internet are certainly groundbreaking and worthy of capturing for debate and just for posterity's sake. We get many spirited takes from Napster's founders, Grateful Dead associate/songwriter John Perry Barlow, musician Henry Rollins and a whole host of legal and business conceptual groundbreakers.

I thoroughly enjoyed and agreed with the concepts put forth in the narrative of this documentary. For a film of this nature, it had a certain element of theater and drama, which was pleasant. There is the initial purely nirvaniac- "Watson..." type of joy we see from the young entrepreneurs as the have their "lightbulb" moment. Then we have the evil empire aka the RIAA, led by Darth Lars Ulrich and Emperor Dr Dre begin to lead the resistance, the disillusionment of the Napster kids as they wake up in our litigious adult society. It is all entertaining and thought provoking.

This documentary not only encompasses the narrative of the coming-of-age of the era we all enjoy take for granted, though with a bit of unease and skepticism: the digitalization and corporatization of every aspect of human life. It is scary. In the movie, as it unfolds, the main players are mostly unaware of the summits they've climbed, nor the perils of the trek down from the mountain of a successful exploration.

Of course, the basic concepts of sharing, public domain, restructuring of long lived paradigms and the ultimate ownership of innovation and creativity, mainly music as an art form in this example, are very well posited and debated. Anyone who has enjoyed a Beatles tune or painted a picture or paid for a Beatles tune or a painted picture will like "Downloaded!"

Now if only I could figure out how to get it for free on my computer...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
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Usually with hot-button issues like piracy it's impossible to find a fair and balanced take. Somehow, Downloaded manages to walk that middle path and provide a clear and concise summation of both sides of the argument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
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This documentary was well put together by director Alex Winter. The rise and fall of Napster was a very dynamic story, highlighting the struggle of millions of people, both the Napster team and its supporters vs. those in the music industry who failed to predict the filing share tsunami that would forever change their business. Downloaded came off as an impartial observer to this monumental event in the blossoming of the digital music landscape, and was incredibly engaging to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
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Its a pretty good movie, has some parts were it gets slow, probably trying to make the movie a certain length. But all in all an interesting look at how the Record Companies screwed up. What a bunch of tools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
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This was a good review of an exciting period in history. Having the founders of Napster tell the story was quite a bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
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This was a really fantastic movie. I'd been looking forward to watching it since Alex Winter (director/writer/producer) did an AMA on Reddit, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. It has a great mix of nostalgic content and current interviews with relevant players (on both sides) and the narrative is woven into a very interesting and accurate portrayal of the events as they transpired.

Definitely worth a watch if you either were a high school/college student at the time, or just have an interest in the subject. This will definitely be one that I'll watch and enjoy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
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Fanning et al realized one of the keys to entrepreneurship: always capitalize on your failures. It was great to see that after they lost their business, they weren't demoralized. A wonderful documentary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
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Saw this movie in Chicago during a film festival. Excellent movie giving the history of digital music and how they predicted one day we would have music on our cell phones.
If you were a fan of Napster or just curious of the pre-iTunes world this is a good movie to see.
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on September 27, 2013
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A very good documentary showing the how Napster had a huge effect on the music industry. Although, I didn't feel like it presented much relevant information that I didn't already know. Either way, I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
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on September 27, 2013
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Great story line and informative. FilmBuff should keep making more of these types of films. Kept me interested throughout the film.
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