Downloaded

Director Alex Winter
United States / 106 min. / 2012 / English


Rebellion or robbery? The rise and fall of Napster, the downloads site that eclipsed the record industry and gave Metallica an ictus. A fascinating film about hackers, legal battles, the genesis of the digital age and cyber-fetishism. Today’s world started here.

 

Napster: Rebellion or robbery? Take your time to answer. It's a debate full of gray areas, and it can be tricky picking sides if you don't know the nitty-gritty. Downloaded is just the ticket if we want to form any kind of real opinion. Here, you'll learn all about the rise and fall of the free downloads site that (apparently) eclipsed the record industry and (definitely) gave Metallica an ictus. It's a fascinating film about hackers, legal battles, and the genesis of the digital era, cyber-fetishism and "freedom". They explain it all to us: not just the early days of the company founded by Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker and their nerds, but also the dawn of the Internet (hilarious first reactions by the media), the inconceivable repercussions of all that, the dot.com explosion and the biggest corporate lawsuit ever seen until now. Downloaded enjoys full access to its stars (Napster in full force) that tell their saga in extraordinary details, and to tons of voices from the world of culture that sit on both sides of the almighty fence, from Noel Gallagher to Chris Blackwell (Island Records). Today's world started right here. Whether Lars Ulrich likes it or not. 

Details
Subtitles
VOSE

Showing format

Leadings
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Screenwriter(s)
Alex Winter

Editor(s)
Jacob Craycroft

Camera
Anghel Decca

Sound designer
Brent Lestage, Eliza Paley

Producer
Maggie Malina, Alex Winter

Film company
VH1

Film distributor

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