Friday, August 27, 2010

Piracy Research
I have accesed information from this website for the following research. I have already put it in my own words.
- Define piracy
- The word “piracy” is usually used to represent the purposeful intrusion of copyright on a profit-making scale.
- Who commits piracy? Why do the do it?
- Well... PEOPLE pirate different things like-movies, music, videos etc... In order to either make copies of it and distribute it illegally and gain profit from others works or to avoid paying for the actual piece and getting it for free.
- Define copyright
- “Copyright is a type of legal protection for people who produce things like writing, images, music and films. It is a legal right to prevent others from doing certain things (such as copying and making available online) without permission.” In other words it is a type of legal protection for the composers of pieces writing, images, music and films, from piracy.
- How does is protect piracy of information?
- First of all we need to understand that copyright protects the form or way an idea or information is expressed, not the idea or information itself. Therefore it protects the “information” through giving the owner of the information notice and asking them for permission. If they pirate without their consent, penalties, sentences and/or prosecutions may be instigated.
- Who can use copyright?
- People that use copyright usually include: A State, Territory or Federal Government, Films and sound recordings, Freelance photographers, engravers and people doing portrait, and Employees
- What kind of multimedia is pirated or can be copyrighted? (discuss the individual multimedia elements)
- As said before pieces writing, images, music and films can be pirated or copyrighted.
- What are the different ways that multimedia is pirated?
- Physical piracy: Physical music piracy (making or distributing copies of sound recordings on physical carriers without the permission of the rights owner), Counterfeits (they are a type of physical piracy, These are recordings made without required permission, which are packaged to resemble the original as closely as possible), and Bootlegs (unauthorised recording of live broadcasting programmes and the distributing of its copies) Internet Piracy: Now this is a broad topic. "Internet piracy" is commonly used to refer to a variety of unauthorised uses of music or other creative content on the internet.

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- What are the advantages of piracy, if there are any?
- Don’t have to pay for information The first and foremost advantage is that there is no cost involved. You do not have to buy the original software. Then it is the ease of use- it is very easy to acquire and requires no physical strain that you would normally take part in if you were to buy the actual thing. Another advantage is that you remain anonymous whenever you do something illegal. It is often perceived as a “victimless” crime when actually the victims are the several businesses and composers of the actual thing. Profit is what might occur when you pirate something. All you would need is a cheap CD burner and voila!
- What are the disadvantages?
- Cost to industry, loss of income to artists The biggest problem is that piracy is illegal. If you get tracked, the police can fine you and you can get year’s long sentences in jails. The problem with piracy is that, if it is software, you can easily get viruses into your computer that may crash your whole system. Also you might not get much out of the pirated version as you would if it was an original one. You wouldn't have the manual and also the copied versions are usually not eligible for any upgrades.
This info was gatheres from a reliable government site-

- Are there different types of copyright?
- No, it is the same for everything. The minute a person finishes their piece, it is copyrighted- as in no one can copy it.
- What are the advantages of copyright?
- Protecting own work from illegal use, consequences on those who illegally use copyrighted information (what are the consequences? The consequences are fines, penalties and prosecutions as pirating is against the law.)
- How to you pirate something?
- Pirating has become easier with the creation of software on the internet such as specific programs-Limewire or Torrentz and multimedia devices (dvd’s, CD’s, Flash memory, DVD/CD Rom Burners). With the help of recording multimedia (audio/video recorders or even phones)people can record the live or actual piece
- How do you copyright something? Is there a cost involved?
- You would think that it is a long legal process over the Internet or phone but actually, after the second you finish your work, you are the rightful copyright owner of the piece.
- Is there a cost to pirate information?
- What is the loss of cost to the industry (music, movie, software etc.) when information is copyrighted
- An example is when apple lost 301million from piracy if the apps in the App store in Itouches and Iphones.
- What is the cost to the person if they are caught pirating or using copyrighted information? (fines)
- Fines may range. It depends of the scale of piracy.
- What is currently being done to stop or minimize piracy?
- Copyrighting pieces, applying fines and prosecutions to those who pirate, education, encryption (for digital material), and enforcement is what this website thinks will minimize piracy-
- What are the future plans to stop or minimize piracy, if there are any?
More realistic ads, heavy fines on uploaders of pirated copies as well as downloaders, education etc...


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