Internet Pirates

Posted: November 10, 2011 in New Media

I am certain most of you have illegally downloaded a movie, music, files etc off the Internet. If you have done so, you have committed what is legally called a copyright infringement, but most of us are more familiar with the term, Piracy. But what is copyright infringement? It is defined as, the unauthorized or prohibited use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder’s exclusive right, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works. Basically, you’re stealing/downloading stuff off the web that you haven’t or aren’t paying for, whether you are downloading that new Justin Bieber album or the film Avatar. Many media corporations frown upon this and put their money and effort to stop this act. And I believe the entertainment industry are the ones in front  to subvert this because they are the ones taking the harshest toll from piracy. Who wants to buy a song/album when you can go on torrent sites? As such, many media organizations are scheming up with plans to either stop the illegal downloading for good or shift the attitudes of Internet users that attack their conscious about the effects of illegal downloading it has on entertainment artists. Their efforts do not go without praise, but to no avail. So turning this matter into a legal issue, many entertainment organizations that have been affected by the piracy threat turn to governments to solve this matter. You may notice the FBI Warnings on all DVDs or Blu-Rays that state the penalty of 5 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine. There have been many cases where illegal-Internet-content downloaders have been either sued or fined by entertainment companies and sentenced to jail. Surely, with all the warnings and legal cases you think Internet users would stop or slow down on the illegal downloading right? The reality strongly answers: No. Why do you think that is? Why do they insist on illegally downloading content off the Internet knowing the consequences? My justification towards this question is simply because they don’t care or that they are certain they won’t be caught by the FBI. And there’s a good reason to suppose this too. There are millions and millions of people everyday pirating, and it seems implausible to think that the FBI is onto every single one of them. There might be some unlucky ones that eventually do get caught but if the FBI was trying to arrest all Internet Pirates, they are going to run out of jails. The entertainment industry should accept that piracy will not go away but instead get stronger. My suggestion to them is to market their products free while promoting their artists so that they’ll be widely known across the web for either having good music or film. Otherwise to do so is just wasting their money, effort and time.

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