The sharing of pirated software could heavily affect me in the nearest future. I don’t want my software that I worked on for months to be pirated and distributed online for free. If this ever happens, chances are I won’t be motivated any longer to develop new software’s, because what’s the point of working hard for months developing a software which will be less profitable because not many people will be buying it. Why wouldn’t anyone buy it? Simply, because they can download a pirated copy for free from P2P software or on torrents.
When one buy a software one buys not the software content and therefore it isn't ones property. Instead one buy the license to use the software with accordance to the licensing agreement. Software companies invest a lot of time and money in creating a Software and the company rely upon the sales of the Software for it's survival. If illegal copies are made of Software the companies earns no money and could therefore be forced into bankruptcy. Software Piracy can be compared to robbing as one is stealing the goods of someone else and using it without paying for it.
When you download any illegal media you are getting something for free that everyone else is required to pay a fee for. DVDs and CDs that cost others anywhere from 15 dollars to 60 dollars or more are being distributed for free as long as you have a download client. If you have programs such as Bittorent or Kazaa, you only have to find someone that already has the media on their computer, in which they either paid for the copies or they too downloaded the media illegally from someone else. On most of the “real” media (the cases), it states that you are not to distribute or copy the material because it is an illegal act, and you will be punished if caught. Not only is downloading this media illegal, it is also morally wrong.
Companies like Napster, a music file sharing program, is creating havoc among performing artists and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) due to possible copyright and piracy violations. Though Napster is a brilliant invention, allowing millions to share information, it should be shut down because it infringes on the constitution, which serves only to protect everyone's rights. Napster is a program that allows members to download mp3 music files from another member's computer for no cost. Estimated 2 million Napster users are getting their music for free. After downloading music, users can burn with a CD-Rewriter, which supposedly eliminates the need for people to buy CDs.
Napster and its contemporary, Audiogalaxy, were not exact forms of shareware, so the RIAA was able to sue them as companies. The people who were actually doing the downloading got off scotch-free with thousands of free downloaded music tracks. As a result of the case Napster was shut down. Today we are introduced to subsequent forms of downloading, like KaZaA,Bearshare, and limewire would create a whole new kind of trouble f... ... middle of paper ... ...'t become free." Of all industries that have been revolutionized by modern technology, few have been hit as hard as the music industry.
It started all the way back in the days of cassette recorders and blank tapes. It eventually led to the compact disk, which was then used with the compact disk burner. The Internet helped produce a new and more unrestricted form of music piracy that would eventually lead to a threatening high. Consumers should not be allowed to pirate music illegally because it harms the economy, it causes financial harm to the musical artists, and it is teaching a wrong message to teenagers that they can steal and get away with it. Long before anyone imagined free, high quality music available over the Internet, cassette tapes made free music available with only a cassette recorder, a blank tape, and a willing friend.
Copying and Counterfeiting It starts with one legitimate, licensed copy of the software, then escalates from there. Internet Piracy The sale of software over Web sites and Auction sites is common and easy, making the Internet the perfect vehicle for counterfeiters. Learn how to protect yourself now. How Piracy Impacts You Pirated software hurts everyone—from the software developers, retail storeowners, and ultimately all software users. Consumers are at Risk Pirated software directly impacts consumers because: · It often lacks key elements and documentation, and it always carries no warranty protection or upgrade options.
With the usage of the digital technology and the internet, it is impossible to avoid leaving digital footprints, but with the measures in place, users can significantly reduce the amount of their personal information that is available online for harvest by companies like Facebook, Google and so on. Installing antiviruses on technological devices and avoiding using public Wi-Fi can also help keep online criminals at a distance. In addition, digital technology and the internet pose serious security issues to individuals, organizations, and even the government. Recently, according to CNNmoney.com, Sony Pictures computer systems were infiltrated by hackers, leaving the company offline for over a week. The criminals behind this incident also leaked personal information of their employees and sent threaten email to some of the employees.
In a study from 2011, 70% of online users find online piracy socially acceptable (Masnick). There are laws that are created to protect the creators, but they have not been fully enforced to punish the society for intellectual property piracy, and that is the reason why the internet piracy rate has not gone down in the past decades. Creators are motivated to create new ideas because they want to gain something out of it, whether it is fame or revenue, or both. They invest time and money in order to create quality works, and people could just go to the internet and find it quickly without permission and paying anything or giving them any credit for using
The issues surrounding digital music — to swipe or not to swipe — are not legal or even technological so much as they are ethical. So what if Napster is shut down? Tons of new schemes have already come online that allow people to trade songs pretty easily — and unlike with Napster, there is no one to sue. There's even a promising underground technology called Aimster that allows the 61 million users of AOL's Instant Messenger to swap music, only untraceably, with the people on their buddy lists.