The Most Overlooked Crime: Piracy Essay

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Internet piracy is not a victimless crime. Piracy is a term used to describe the illegal downloading of music, movies, games, and even software online. Although many people don’t feel that piracy is a crime that affects anybody, it really does. People pirate stuff online because it is free and does not require one to run to a store to get their product. People that pirate these things don’t think of the repercussions that go along with it. You can have to serve up to 10 years in prison, and pay a fine of $250,000. Online piracy is a huge problem, one which costs the U.S. economy between $200 and $250 billion per year, and is responsible for the loss of 750,000 American jobs. These numbers seem huge: $250 billion per year loss would be…show more content…
If a recording company isn’t making all of the money that it should be (due to online piracy) then its employees aren’t able to get paid the full amount that they should. This in turn lowers that recording studio’s ambition to work hard at putting out good music, because all of their revenue will be lost due to piracy. Many artists see piracy as beneficial to their musical career however, because it allows listeners to preview the music before buying. These artists hope people downloading their albums for free are satisfied with their work and decide to purchase them to show support. Some artists that support piracy are 50 Cent, Bob Dylan, Chris Brown, Counting Crows, Green Day, Kanye West, The Offspring, Shakira, and Will.I.Am. While researching about artists that don’t oppose piracy, I ran across a quote from Will.I.Am. He stated, “Piracy should not be a bad word. I don't call them pirates. I call them promoters. If I were the King of Spain, they would be my Christopher Columbus who found new land. I make music and pirates spread it on the Internet. The record companies shouldn't chew them out, but rather embrace them. I think piracy is and could be a good thing. If fans download our music, but still come to our concert, that’s cool.” (KoreaTimes) I feel that Will.I.Am has a great point and couldn’t have put it into simpler terms. If the artist gives listeners permission to share their work, it’s basically a way of advertising for free. This leads me to the topic of

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