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Published on Mar 8, 2008

this video is a brief explanation on video/music/software piracy and shows viewers on the streets and schools of manassas VA that piracy is simply, a "good" thing

here is my ESSAY, WROTE BY ME
Piracy is a crime; we all realize that it is illegal to download content that someone intends to sell. Considering piracy as the same level as stealing a car, or some woman's purse, is absolutely ludicrous. Everyday people like you, and me, are being bankrupt and slammed in jail for years for just a few clicks on the mouse.

This exaggeration on piracy must be put aside, and the good outlooks on certain "tweaks" or changes need to be taken action. Instead of flocking money and huge consequences on piracy an open mind must be introduced

I would like to support my views by showing you the exaggeration on illegally downloading content, but not just that, but also how piracy is actually accomplished. How easy it can be done and some actions that have been taken by major corporations against this.

According to Morgan O'Rourke in his article risk management Minnesota woman was charged for $222,000 for illegally downloading a play list of 24 songs in December of 2007, also she was eventually convicted guilty. She had downloaded the songs through an online file sharing website "KaZaa". This is just one of the 20,000 lawsuits on piracy since 2003. The songs, which have an average cost of 70 cents, can be charged up too $750 or up to $150,000. Petitions against The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) have been constantly contested since the judicial market has had piracy involved. In this case a donation website "FreeJammie.com" has been posted to help with her financial problems according to the $222,000 charge. The website had collected up too $15,000 in 10 days all through donations and petitioning people.

The internet is a massive network of interconnected computers worldwide. From the school, to your house, from china to Australia, anywhere can almost be connected to this series of endless information. From the Book "Downloading Copyrighted Stuff from the Internet" Written by Sherri Mabry Gordon Explains that The most common way people can download illegal or legal information and files is through P2P (Peer 2 Peer) file sharing. Music became very easy to transfer because of Mp3's, which stand for Mpeg Layer 3, which could make the files smaller but keep the same quality to send around the internet. In 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Copyright Millennium Act Which States it is a crime to break copyright protection measures in commercial software the first large publicized P2P pile sharing programs "Napster" had 1.57 million users every day until the company was shutdown in Feb, 2000.

James D. Torr in the book Internet Piracy explains about how at $17 a CD almost, is way to much profit for music artists these days, if prices would be dropped down, then the percentage of pirates would drop down also in the music industry. Old movies that can't be found, and small bands that are very hard to discover, would be almost impossible to find and get popular if people were able to get interested in them. Therefore not even making them popular enough to make multimillion dollar profits in the future. Carl Schlyter on Iwouldn'tsteal.net explains the faulty propaganda that the film and music industry has put on too film and music pirates, basically there trying to put the law in the hand to criminalize whoever to make them seem like they are basically robbing you with a gun, they say they are helping artist, when actually they are just protecting there own benefits.

Barry Fox who write "The Enforcer" explains how using secure microchips in your TV's receiver by hiding a label in your broadcasts, and that even attempting to block piracy is probably a reasonable thing to do, but it will make small things that everyday people do almost impossible. Soon, you won't be able to record your favorite T.V. show and other simple tasks will just be blocked. People will get frustrated and rebel against actions like this and money concerns will not be solved when people start filing lawsuits against their own rights.

The T.V. and music industry thinks they have control over citizens across the world, what they don't understand is that these "industries" is also filled with citizens themselves who probably do perform in these illegal tasks or at least try to get by. People will always try to pirate and download music for recreation and social activities if high prices of the market keep merging. And eventually they will have to take a ridiculous action causing more chaos and money in lawsuits then ever before.


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