Viruses are self-replicating programs that, when activated, can damage a computer. These viruses are most commonly found on pirated computer games, placed there by some malignant computer programmer. In his January 1993 article, Chris O' Malley points out that if piracy was wiped out viruses would eventually disappear (O' Malley 60). There are ways that a thrifty consumer can save money on software without resorting to piracy. Computer companies often offer discounts on new software if a person has previously purchased an earlier version of the software.
Simply, because they can download a pirated copy for free from P2P software or on torrents. Many people around the world are concern about their privacy when using the internet, especially when they enter their bank account number to check their bank balan... ... middle of paper ... ...ecover from these attacks. According to Solutionary’s 2013 Global Threat Intelligence Report, some companies are paying up to $6,500 dollars an hour to recover their website from a DDos attack (3). My company could face a lot of losses from a DDos attack such as, the cost in recovering from a DDos attack, and the loss in selling a product because the users couldn’t purchase it simply because they couldn’t access the website. There are lots of concerns I have to think about when working in a field of computer science and technology.
This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers.” (What is Software Piracy?) The whole idea behind software piracy is that you are purchasing a, normally, single license copy to use that company’s product on your computer. You are not just purchasing the software itself, which tends to make some people not realize that some of their actions could be a form of software piracy and not even know it. Software piracy in its entirety is unethical, let alone just plain illegal. Even though it is illegal, there are still millions of people throughout the world that are guilty of being software pirates.
A slap on the wrist does not hurt, but a quarter million dollar fine and or five years in the slammer for watching a bootleg copy is the real punishment? Actually, there is more consequences than being a literal robber or murderer, and now we have what these anti-pirates call, DRM; polluting the softwares forcing you to agree to the terms of service and provide a legitimate serial you need to buy, before the CD boots. Not to mention for these developers of torrent sites gets convicted even though they do not follow Uncle Sam’s playbook. Most people view piracy as non-threatening like a few computer scientists quoted ‘For ﬁnancial reasons. If I can ﬁnd something, say, for free and everybody ﬁnds it for free, then why pay
However, if customers want to copy music to their mp3 player, or burn songs to a CD, they music pay extra. Napster also uses Microsoft's WMA format for their DRM scheme which makes Napster incompatible with the iPod. Both Apple and Napster are United States based companies and therefore must abide by our laws. However, a Russian website called allofmp3.com offers DRM free music.... ... middle of paper ... ... technologies, but a huge potential for profit exists if they leveraged their vast amounts of data into an online music store. Smaller, independent music companies are currently reaching out to last.fm to discuss this very idea.
Also, what makes a certain piece of software legal in one country but illegal in another? In the US, 321 Studios had to stop making its famous DVD XCopy program, but why and was the software ethical?  All these issues will be covered as well as how ethical the laws are in the respective countries as well as whether or not downloading or copying music is ethical at all. Piracy Laws in the US Downloading Copyrighted Music The biggest issue of piracy in the US lately has been the illegal downloading of music off of the Internet with popular programs such as Kazaa and iMesh. Millions of people have been downloading their music for free rather than paying for it for many years now.
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.
People partake in software piracy because it as an easy way out of purchasing software. Some software programs can cost over a thousand dollars, whereas some cost only twenty or thirty dollars. Software piracy began around the 1960s. Over time it has grown, and it accounts for 25%-50% of software... ... middle of paper ... ...because it is illegal. In addition to being illegal, it also impacts the economy and the production of new software.
Counterfeiting is making and selling fake copies of real software. People also rent software to consumers when they do not have permission from th... ... middle of paper ... ...stm. “Computer Software Piracy”. 26 March 2003. http://bbb.org/library/pastip.asp. “How to Stop Online Music Piracy” 9 April 2003. http://www.pan.com/piracy/.
Moreover hackers came up with new ways to remove the digital copyrights so the same as before one downloads music and distributes them around. The Industry gets its revenue from selling this content whether it’s online or in stores, this funds new projects and allow for better products in the future. The public should be aware of this, downloading the content for free, and not buying it will decrease revenue for the companies stopping them from undertaking future projects. “Production companies should lower the price on their products, I can’t buy music for at least 20$ per album and DVDs for 30$, I only make 200$ per month,” said George Issa a music fan who spends most of his nights downloading music from the internet, “when there is an album or movie that I really like, I try to buy it legally, I don’t think I am doing anything wrong, they are wrong