Internet piracy is the unlawful reproduction and/or distribution of any copyrighted digital file that can change hands over the Internet, and can be done with music files, videos and movies, e-books, software, and other materials. Individuals who engage in this type of piracy can often conduct their entire operation on the Internet, including advertising and sales. Internet piracy has been around for many years now, but seems to be becoming more common with the availability of, and access to, the Internet. It is unclear to many individuals as to whether or not piracy on the Internet is wrong, and the question is a challenging one to answer. There are many forms of piracy on the Internet, which makes it even more difficult to distinguish between right and wrong downloading activities.
Facts Unlicensed software use continued to be a major problem in 2013. Indeed, 43 percent of the software installed on PCs around the world was not properly licensed, an uptick from 42 percent in 2011. The commercial value of the unlicensed installations was $62.7 billion. (The Compliance Gap, 2014). As we can see piracy of software and other digital media is a global problem that adversely affects many businesses and the welfare of employees and consumers.
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The Impact of Piracy According to the Motion Pictures Association of America website, A pirate is anyone who sells, acquires, copies or distributes copyrighted materials without permission. Over the past ten years, technology has greatly advanced, and with these technological advances, digital file sharing easier than ever. One aspect of these advances is faster Internet connection, which has made it easier to download large files in the matter of minutes. Whereas in the past majority of people had dial-up Internet services which in most cases the download rate was no more than 10 kilobytes per second. Some Internet providers today offer speeds up to one gigabyte per second, which to put in perspective; a DVD size is usually around 4 gigabytes, so technically someone could download an exact replica of a DVD in a matter of minutes if not seconds.
Digital or online piracy is one of the biggest if not the biggest criminal cyber acts today. It has been a major problem for nearly two decades. Sellers of digital products (ranging from music to software) are actively fighting the availability of pirated copies of their products, but despite more sophisticated copy protection, the problem is still out there (Sundararajan 2004).
Introduction In this paper we are going to examine why personal morality is an oxymoron and how a moral system is analogous to a game. Then we are going to analyze how the ethical issue of software piracy is seen from the notion of common moral system according to Gert.
4. Ethical Overview Software piracy behaviors have been characterized as an instance of antisocial behavior, where it perceived to be relatively harmless since they do not result in direct, grievous physical harm to others, although the economic harm to software companies may be extremely large. Numerous studies have found that the unauthorized copying of software has received increased attention as a form of unethical behavior in recent years and has developed into a widespread problem (Siegfried,2004) .
The Arguments For and Against Software Piracy and Downloading Copyrighted Material. Reshma Chitroda S13172711 Tutor: Dr. Cain Evans Table of Contents Glossary 3 Abstract 4 Key Words 4 Software Piracy, Technology, Ethical Issues, Economic Factors 4 1.0. Introduction 5 1.1. The effects of piracy 6 1.2. Ethical Issues 6 1.3. Economic Factors 7 2.0. Legal Disputes 8 Conclusion 9 References 10 Glossary Abstract This report studies the impact piracy has on society and how it is developing with technology. It also highlights the positive and negative economic factors along with the ethical influences, which the law aspect of software piracy has also been integrated. This report helps to understand how the conflict with
Digital piracy 4 Introduction There are many forms of digital content. All of them can be stolen and this is illegal as is any other form of stealing. Digital piracy is the sharing and downloading digital content illegally. The problem with digital piracy has been around for over 20 years, however due to many factors such as the recession and the increasing development of technology the problem is becoming increasing difficult to manage (QUIGLEY, 2008). However the ability to buy the content online has boosted the profit for many creators of digital content.
Pirate Informational Essay Piracy is a concept that intrigues us all. Over time we he developed an idea of what piracy is like, such as the elaborate ships at sea, digging for treasure, and walking the plank. However, piracy has a long, rich history. There is much more to it than the romanticized storybook ideas of treasure maps and men with eyepatches and peg legs.
Diverse perspectives flood the market on the subject, ranging from the harsh accusation of legal precedent, to the methodical dissection and theoretical solution. Sebastian Anthony, author of the article “A Case for Piracy” being a prime example. Falling back on the philosophy of “No harm, no foul,” Anthony fends off the allegations of wrong piracy. Questioning the
Like other global crimes we have discussed, it is impossible to determine the exact value of pirated software. However, it is estimated that the global market for pirated computer software is around $30 billion. This crime is concentrated in Western countries, where computer technologies are most prevalent. China, with its rapid industrialization and technological growth, is also involved to a significant degree in software piracy. The estimated market for software piracy in the United States is twice as large as the market in China.
Author: XXXXXXX Tutor: XXXXXXXX The rise of the Internet era opened the whole new market for traditional media full of opportunities as well as threats. Online piracy being one of them because the music and film industry loses £5.4bn in a year and if it was reduced by 10% it could have created up to 13 thousand jobs in the UK. There are various attempts taken to fight with online piracy; a case study of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will be considered as well as other legislations attempting to regulate copyrights in the Internet. This
We all know that downloading pirated music and films is illegal, but what exactly is it? The term piracy refers to the copying and selling of music, films and other media illegally; in other words you are copying and selling copyrighted media without the permission of the original owner (NiDirect, n.d.). With the massive growth of the internet and its ability to store and capture vast amounts of data, we have become much more reliable on information systems in all aspects of life, but it does not come without the risk of information technology being used unethically. With the number of IT breakthroughs in recent years “the importance of ethics and human values has been underemphasised” often resulting in various consequences. Not surprisingly one of the many public concerns about the ethical use of IT is that “millions of people have downloaded music and movies at no charge and in apparent violation of copyright laws at tremendous expense to the owners of those copyrights” (Reynolds, Ethics in Information Technology, 2015). This essay covers the ethical issues of downloading pirated music and films and the impact it has on music corporations and recording and film companies.
Software Piracy beyond the Street Corner On January 23, 2003, the world’s leading computer networking equipment maker Cisco Systems, headquartered in San Jose California, filed a lawsuit against China-based Huawei Technologies and its United States subsidiaries Huawei America and FutureWei Technologies. In the lawsuit, Cisco alleged that Huawei stole intellectual property by copying its Internet Operating System (IOS) software and its copyrighted user manuals. Cisco also claimed that Huawei infringed on its patents. After numerous failed attempts to resolve these complaints directly with Huawei, which included a cease and desist letter to one of Huawei’s United Kingdom distributors, Cisco decided that a lawsuit was necessary to