Most helpful positive review
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Thoughtful and Creative Product I Paid to Watch!!
on July 10, 2013
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...