Piracy, The Intellectual Property Rights Of The Recording Industry Association Of America

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1 Piracy is defined as illegally acquiring a private property, in this case, music, without paying for it. Piracy, therefore, violates the intellectual property rights of the recording companies, together called Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The intellectual property right being violated at hand is the copyright laws that the RIAA have. The biggest problem that the RIAA has with this violation is that they believe their sales are declining because of piracy. In fact, the sales are declining, but only in the CD area. With the digital downloads becoming available of not just albums but singles as well, most of the consumers are shifting their focus to the digital industry, where there has been a 1000 percent…show more content…
The widespread problem of music piracy implies that the solution to stopping it will be mostly legitimacy rather than enforcement. Music piracy happens all across the globe and the sheer enforcement will be expensive and not worth it in the net profit. Having people make better choices, voluntarily complying because they believe the rules to be right and proper, will reduce piracy more efficiently. Although enforcement may scare people into halting their illegal downloading, such tactics require a lot of money and possibly will cross the legal boundaries. One company stated that they had developed a program called “freeze”, which will make the computer useless for anywhere between minutes to hours and may cause loss in unsaved data (Sorkin [3]). The same company also reported an even deadlier program called “silence”, which will scan the computer for pirated music and delete them (Sorkin). These are only two of the deadly programs that were mentioned by the antipiracy company that may be hired in the future by the RIAA. The thing about these tactics are that they are expensive, approximately costing 4.3 billion dollars, and illegal according to Lawrence Lessig, a Standford Law School professor who specializes in Internet copyright issues (Sorkin). Most music of the artists under RIAA is under the protection of the copyright law and according to the
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