Online Piracy: Theft or Jaywalking?

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Online Piracy: Jaywalking or Theft? A Case Analysis Identification & Discussion of the Problem Introduction Online piracy is defined by copying, downloading or sharing copyrighted material without owning it or/and without having authorization to distribute it, and it’s illegal to do it. This is one of the most difficult crimes to fight against. The most common forms of online piracy are in the games, music, movies and computer software industries. One problem that entertainment and software industries face is the difference from intellectual property and physical property. The physical property for example is the DVD in which a movie was recorded on and the intellectual property is the movie by itself. Copyright is used as a way to protect the intellectual property from reproduction, distribution and utilization without the creator or owner’s authorization. Online piracy had its big boom around 2000 with Napster, where users were able to share files through the Internet, by accessing other users computer files. The problem was that all its users had access to Copyright material without owning it, raising a big red flag to mainly to the music industry at that time. According to the creator and the users of Napster, it was never created with the intent of piracy, but to share music with audiophiles around the World. Nevertheless, Napster was shut down by a lawsuit. Even though Napster is not available anymore, online piracy is bigger than ever with new ways to download copyright material without paying for it. The Discourse and the Underlying Issues: A Dissection Brian Lee, after making the DRM complaint, ended up in a heated rhetoric about online piracy with the maker of the computer game console. The event took place in the company's message boards with a customer support agent. His main argument was that it should not be wrong, and so thus

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