The Importance of Internet Regulation in Fighting Piracy and Enforcing Copyright Claims

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Internet Regulation in Fighting Piracy and Enforcing Copyright Claims In 1980s, the Internet developed, and this brought about the growth of the file transfer protocol (FTP) servers, electronic mail (e-mail), and World Wide Web (WWW) as online services. The development has caused major challenges for copyright law. Digital technologies and Internet services have facilitated the reproduction and worldwide copyright dissemination easy and high-speed quantities with the protected works at no quality losses and expenses. Furthermore, because of the innovative and specific nature of the Internet, all these processes were hardly controlled by holders of copyright (Rita, 2005). In recent times, the Internet gained popularity in terms of areas for copyright piracy activities because everyone accessing the Internet could obtain any music file, record video, and free visual and or literary work. Consequently, traditional mechanisms of legal copyright enforcement failed in fighting against widespread and international online piracy. However, technological developments have fostered digital rights management systems (DRMS) development or measures in recent decades. These measures enable the right holders to control access physically of information on the Internet. The second step (Giannopoulou, 2012) by DRMS was to provide legal protection against acts of circumvention, which were also embedded in the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (WCT) and WIPO Phonograms

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