New Generation Gap: Napster opinions depend on age

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There are distinct generational differences of opinion regarding Napster and the issue of sharing music files over the Internet, according to a survey of online consumers by @plan, Stamford, Conn. The survey revealed that 77% of the 18-to-24-year-old online population believes that sharing music files over the Internet is the digital equivalent of tape swapping, and will increase music sales to a broader audience; a majority of the 35-plus online population believes that Napster is a direct violation of copyright laws. The survey of 1,000 online adults, conducted earlier this month by the @plan Institute for Online Commerce, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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