GeekWire has the story:
[Jordan Ritter] moved from San Francisco to Seattle, setting up shop in a 6,000-square-foot space in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood last October. He dubbed his new company Ivy Softworks, and set out on a mission to foster team cohesiveness through a unique apprenticeship model that could alter the way startups are formed.To this day, I still find it astonishing that Napster, a groundbreaking peer-to-peer file sharing program that went into operation in 1999, was effectively shutdown in the middle of 2001 for a crime it did not commit. All that the company did was transform the structure of a network. But the structural change caught capital by complete surprise, and it refused to follow the rules of its own ideology. It did not adapt to the new environment.
One must always keep in mind that workers in the neoliberal age are told again and again that they must adapt to new technological conditions, that success in the job market depends on one's ability to change with the changes of capitalism, a dynamic economic system. If you are poor, it is because you did not make the effort to improve or adjust your skill sets. This is the thinking. Read "The Third Way" (PDF), a 1998 document by Tony Blair and Gerhard Schroeder. The moralizing language about a worker, an individual, being personally responsible for maintaining his/her competitiveness in a fluctuating global labor environment is shared by those on the right and the left. It is presented as a universal. It is still with us today. Protection is bad; adaption is good. The protectionism of unions hurts growth; investment in your own human capital is the way to go. But then look at what happened to Napster. Capital precisely did not adapt. It nakedly protected its interests. And the whole business did not cause a single dent in its ideology. It really is astonishing.