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What are the effects of digital piracy and what can be done about it?

Digital piracy is the digital use, distribution, or reproduction of any piece of work protected by copyright law without the copyright holder's permission. Despite breakthroughs in streaming services in recent years, peer-to-peer file sharing still poses a serious threat to copyright protection law. With a significant proportion of computer users engaging in piracy globally, copyright infringement still has a massive negative influence in music, film, literature, software development and many other fields. What problems does piracy raise and what solutions are there to these problems?
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Poverty drives piracy/Fund the arts
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Anti-piracy legislation needs to go further
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Lack of international cohesion
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Piracy is freedom

Copyright legislation and much of the current way copyright and intellectual property law works makes no sense and protections are ineffective. A study carried out in 2000 by Jupiter Research found that Napster users were more likely to have increased their music purchases after using the illegal peer-to-peer music sharing service. The idea of piracy is likely to fall away as media and culture transitions more into the digital world, ideas of copyright or ownership over sounds, words or images are likely to become obsolete the more that technology allows the creative use of media to become more fluid and accessible. In this way digital piracy could be seen as a massive time of innovation for the music industry where there is a distinct move to experience-based business models, and live music has boomed as a result. Overtime the Internet will allow greater media freedom and attitudes will change, and practices that are now defined as digital piracy will be appreciated as digital freedoms.

cato-unbound.org/2008/06/09/rasmus-fleischer/future-copyright commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Piracy_cartoon.gif variety.com/2018/music/news/ifpi-report-streaming-youtube-online-listening-1202974035 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Society_of_Composers,_Authors_and_Publishers#Criticism projekter.aau.dk/projekter/files/213765961/Digital_Piracy_as_an_Innovation_in_Recording_Industry_by_L._Jurkauskas.pdf

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Poverty drives piracy/Fund the arts

Piracy is a problem that essentially stems form poverty as we can see rates of piracy are much much lower in wealthier countries, and while this can be also tied to supporting issues such as awareness and education these issues are all wealth related. In the long term tackling inequality and educating computer users is the only answer in digital piracy, however in the medium term, and especially considering the massive detrimental effect piracy has on the music and film industries, and governments should fund the arts. The Internet will always find a way to share ideas music and images and will route around any attempt to stop copyright infringement, we need to recognise that piracy control has completely failed and that as long as there is poverty there will always be piracy. The problem needs to be turned in on its head, and governments should pay contributions of artists to keep the arts and culture alive.

theguardian.com/technology/2011/may/03/why-poor-countries-lead-world-piracy dataprot.net/statistics/piracy-statistics ft.com/content/4313691c-3513-11e4-aa47-00144feabdc0 theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/feb/27/arts-funding-reasons-subsidise-creativity

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Anti-piracy legislation needs to go further

Digital piracy is thought to cost the global economy tens of billions of dollar every year, and seven out of ten PC users support intellectual property rights, so it is clear that greater controls in the form of more effective legislation would be the best way to deal with this issue. In 2012 the Business Software Alliance (BSA) published a study that outlined a series of solutions that they believe would help tackle digital piracy. The BSA have advocated for better public education and awareness campaigns, modernising software protections for copyrighted material, but most importantly for strengthening enforcement both legally and by providing better law enforcement mechanisms, i.e. policing. The organisation also highlighted the fact that business decision-makers are more likely to pirate software, and advocate for the business community to lead by example and promote the use of legal software in private and state organisation, contractors and suppliers.

web.archive.org/web/20140819054550/http://globalstudy.bsa.org/2011/downloads/study_pdf/2011_BSA_Piracy_Study-InBrief.pdf

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Lack of international cohesion

Copyright and the legal protections are already in place to protect creators from having their ideas and revenue stolen in this way, however punishment for infringement of copyright law still varies on a case-by-case and country-to-country basis. However there have been efforts to address this, in 2011 the US, EU and Japan signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (or ACTA) requiring all states to punish infringement cases with incarceration or fines, and obliging them to actively police copyright infringement cases. Although some agreements are in place to protect copyright they are far from comprehensive, and jurisdictions that are not party to one of the few agreements on the issue generally view enforcement of copyright as the responsibility of the copyright holder. Copyright protections exist; they just need more countries and people to take them seriously.

jclc.law.northwestern.edu copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html broadbandtvnews.com/2020/01/28/european-commission-calls-out-saudi-arabia-for-sports-piracy books.google.co.jp/books?id=bN3o1uwpKF4C&dq=copyright+infringement+international+acta&redir_esc=y&hl=ja

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Copyright and the legal protections are already in place to protect creators from having their ideas and revenue stolen in this way, however punishment for infringement of copyright law still varies on a case-by-case and country-to-country basis. However there have been efforts to address this, in 2011 the US, EU and Japan signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (or ACTA) requiring all states to punish infringement cases with incarceration or fines, and obliging them to actively police copyright infringement cases. Although some agreements are in place to protect copyright they are far from comprehensive, and jurisdictions that are not party to one of the few agreements on the issue generally view enforcement of copyright as the responsibility of the copyright holder. Copyright protections exist; they just need more countries and people to take them seriously.
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