Intellectual Property Rights And Digital Pirating

1364 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Luke Telfer

The idea of intellectual property can be traced back to ancient Greece with the first known reference involving the protection of culinary recipes developed by chefs. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, “intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.”
The violation of intellectual property rights can take many forms, however the main ethical issue to be examined here is that of digital piracy of copyrighted artistic works and of the variety that involves individual consumption of such material (as opposed to blatant profiteering of the acquired works).

The invention of the internet has allowed for incredible and unprecedented access to information. Piracy of music and movies has been an ongoing concern, with millions of people engaging in it and countless resources being spent to combat it. There have been lawsuits and criminal charges and even forcible takedowns of companies that offer products and services that facilitate such actions. Despite these efforts, digital piracy continues to become more and more popular. This contemporary issue is far from being solved.
Intellectual property laws do exist and supposedly offer limited protections for creators of their works, but how far should they extend? Ultimately, in order to determine whether digital…
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