DOWNLOADED focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and its controversial online pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended both the music industry and music artists, and changed the world. The film features insights from such well-known artists and figures within the music industry as: The Beastie Boys’ Mike D; Noel Gallagher; Henry Rollins; former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner; former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell; Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein; Grateful Dead lyricist, poet, essayist and “cyberlibertarian” activist JP Barlow; Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America; Harvard law professor & political activist Lawrence Lessig; and other leaders in the world of civil and digital rights.
- Alex Winter
- Run Time
- 1 hour 46 minutes
An independent Napster may be gone, but its impact reverberates, not least in the continuing threat to intellectual property.Andy Webster, New York Times, 06.20.2013
As iffy as the coulda-been premise is, "Downloaded" is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls ...Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 06.27.2013
The doc is only about as revealing as a middling magazine article on the subject. But it will fascinate and frustrate anyone already interested ...Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 06.18.2013
As you watch the film, you'll be amazed how the world of the Internet turns the recent into the ancient: In a matter of only a few years, a world-changing digital event like Napster has become so last century.David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 08.01.2013