This research project explores the increasing frequency and normality of piracy as a crime in addition to its strong relationship with Australia. In particular, the purpose of this research project is to explore ‘How the rate of piracy in Australia can be reduced’ in addition to analysing the fundamental factors behind the increase in the frequency of piracy, furthermore investigating methods to reduce such criminal acts, including legal consequences.
Definition of Digital Piracy
Digital piracy or copyright infringement is essentially defined as the unauthorised sharing or use of a product that has been copyrighted, according to the Australian Parliament House (2006). However, the way in which the public infringe has changed over the decades. Initially, recording music being played on the radio onto a cassette player was the inaugural generation of piracy within our modern society. In the 1980s, recording Television (TV) onto Vertical Helical Scan (VHS) recorders became prevalent (C-Span (Created by Cable), 1986). Soon after, the copying or ripping of Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) and Compact Discs (CDs) soared (The Golden Age of Piracy, 2014). However, none of these methods compare in financial losses to the present generation of piracy – the digital age (IP (Intellectual Property) Awareness Foundation, 2015). The vast lawless regions of the internet provide the perfect haven for digital piracy. Whether content is downloaded through peer to peer (P2P)