Increasing Digital Copyright in a Technologically Advanced Age

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It is a virus that we all have spread. A practice we have all contributed to knowingly or not. And as a result it has grown into something we cannot live without. Copyright infringement in today’s digital age has become all too common. But who can be blamed? Accessibility to digital works has caused a burgeoning in ignorance to authors’ rights which at least in the immediate future is not seeing a decline. Audio and visual entertainment has become an integral part of today’s society as people regardless of age are scurrying to keep up with current social trends whether it is hearing the latest song, seeing the current “number-one movie in America,” or even for literary buffs reading the most recent e-novel. Research and the non-entertainment sector of digitized works too have not received proper acknowledgement in their usage – merely serving as disregarded stepping stones to create something more “original” or “extraordinary.” It is undoubtedly true though that in a society which thrives on speed, especially in the aspect of disseminating information, it would be nearly impossible to convict every person who has committed an act of digital piracy, but without copyright laws these crimes would be so rampant they would threaten the survival of the very industries millions of people cannot seem to live without. It is irony in its highest sense, yet it has become severely cemented into our society. The increase and enforcement of copyright laws are the only means left to salvage the declining audio and visual industries, help stop pirate companies from turning unknowing people into disseminators of pirated works, and still maintain a culture of ever expanding innovation. Whether it be a music album or digital picture software, the a... ... middle of paper ... ...istType=RESULT_LIST&sgHitCountType=None&qrySerId=Locale%28en%2C%2C%29%3AFQE%3D%28SU%2CNone%2C9%29copyright%24&inPS=true&searchType=BasicSearchForm&displaySubject=&docId=EJ3010570210&docType=GSRC McClure, J., & Kennedy, J. (2009, April 18). So Should Download Sites Be Allowed to Keep Trading? The Independent, p. 4. Retrieved from http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SVA1628-0-3611&artno=0000292173&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=&title=So%20Should%20Download%20Sites%20Be%20Allowed%20to%20Keep%20Trading%3F&res=Y&ren=Y&gov=Y&lnk=N&ic=Y Sanford, B. W., & Brown, B. D. (2009, November 13). Google and the Copyright Wars. Wall Street Journal, p. A21. Retrieved from http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SVA1628-0-3611&artno=0000298606&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=Copyright%20infringement&title=Google%20and%20the%20Copyright%20Wars&res=Y&ren=Y&gov=Y&lnk=N&ic=Y

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