Online File Sharing and Internet Piracy

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The United States of America is a free country, then why shouldn’t the internet be free? Why should we have restrictions placed on what we can and cannot do on the internet? Every day, millions of users share files on the internet through numerous online sources. Whether they download music, movies, or software, online file-sharing can give people access to a plentiful amount of information. These files are often free and easily accessible by anyone. The practice of distributing or providing access to digitally stored information represents file sharing (Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing and Copyright Infringement: Are You Vulnerable?). Conversely many people see file sharing as unlawful. The reproduction or distribution of any copyrighted…show more content…
At no cost or free access to any information brings many benefits to users through online piracy. When anyone downloads a program from an online source they use it as a preview or free trial when none are available. People do this in order to see what they want is worth the purchase or not. For example: Someone has no clue what word processing program to buy and he or she does not want to just waste the money on a word processing program he or she cannot use. This is where internet piracy can come in to play and benefit him or her greatly. He or she can just download the word processing programs they have been looking at from an online source to use as a free trial, find the best one, and later buy it.
Have you ever let a friend borrow a CD, a book, or a movie? The borrowing of copyright materials like music, books, or movies is an act of colloquially known as piracy. Internet piracy is the borrowing of files including music through online sites where one person uploads it and many others help distribute the file. Music files were some of the first types of files to be pirated. Music files are a big portion of all of the files pirated over the internet. File sharing of music leads to a lot of benefits for the music industry, record companies, and the artists involved in music. Free exposure through online sharing of music will benefit the artist, the public, and the music industry (Torr).

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