The cover of Time magazine is a good gauge of cultural relevance: so when Shawn Fanning adorned its cover in October 2000 people sat up and took notice. Most did so as it was probably the first time they had ever seen Fanning’s face, prompting the question: why was he on the cover of Time?
Fanning is one of the godfathers of peer-to-peer file sharing. In 1999 he – along with his brother, John, and Sean Parker – co-founded Napster, the pioneering audio file sharing site that shook the music world to its core.
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