Owen Gleiberman
August 27, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
106 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/01/13
director
Alex Winter
distributor
VH1 Television
author
Alex Winter
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Twelve years after the downfall of Napster, few would deny that Shawn Fanning’s infamous file-sharing service spawned a musical-technological revoltuion. Yet Fanning is still tainted by a ”pirate” aura, which is why Alex Winter’s documentary is so valuable: It tells the story of Napster in all its avid complexity, giving Fanning his due as an idealist who wrote more rules than he ever broke (Also available on VOD) A-

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