Napster was the first peer-to-peer network and touched off a firestorm in the music industry. By using Napster, people were able to download copies of music for free. The music industry responded and in 2001, after only two years of operation, the original Napster was forced out of business. (The name lives on as a fee-based provider.) However, the genie was out of the proverbial bottle. Soon sites dedicated to downloading movies and television shows, as well as music, were spreading across the web.