It is common to see people downloading movie or music song online these days. The proliferation of digital technology enables everyone to do this easily. As Mr Faizal ask in the class, how many of us never download anything illegally before, none of us rise up our hand. Piracy had become a common behavior in the society today. The infographic below shows some facts of piracy.
Infographic URL: http://www.go-gulf.com/blog/online-piracy/
As we could see, 70% of people felt nothing wrong in online piracy. In my opinion, everyone think that it is common to do so, none of us felt like it was a crime in doing this even though we knew this is illegal. We used to watch the latest drama or movie from the internet, downloading the song we like and burn it into cd etc. In addition, piracy leads to some economic downturn as well, music industry losses 12.5 billion each year and 71,060 jobs lost in United States each year. UK revenues from online music were higher than revenues for both CDs and vinyl combined for the first time in 2013 (Gibbs 2013). Malaysia rated as the top 5 country for online piracy with 75% while the country that involves the most online piracy is China.
In the article of Mirghani (2011), the author said that everybody is a pirate, the advance technology and increases the infringement. Some recent surveys indicate that more than half of the United States college students frequently download music and movies illegally from unlicensed P2P networks (RIAA as cited in Mirghani 2011). I think this happen in almost every country because teenagers spend a lot of their time with the internet, thus it is common to see this happen. Furthermore, Amici (as cited in Mirghani 2011) mentioned that almost every act of teaching relies on others’ copyrighted works. Many of the basic tools of teaching would usually constitute copyright infringements such as distributing photocopies, performing copyrighted works in class, and viewing film and video in class. In addition, students rely on copying, distribution, and performance of copyrighted works as well while doing our assignments. There are many reason that cause piracy happens, the main reason is probably because most of the thing available in the internet is free and it could be easily accessed. I think it is not easy to curb piracy as in the technologies are getting more advance and people rely too much over the internet. However, it is still important to educate the society that piracy is not a good behavior.
Mirghani, S 2011, ‘The War on Piracy: Analyzing the Discursive Battles of Corporate and Government-Sponsored Anti-Piracy Media Campaigns’, Critical Studies In Media Communication, vol.28, no.2, pp.113-134, accessed 4/10/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=9676127f-bccc-4a16-b37d-dcaba28ea286%40sessionmgr15&vid=1&hid=24
Gibbs, S 2013, Google takes down more than eight ‘pirate’ links every second, accessed 4/10/2013, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/google-pirate-links-digital-revenue-copyright-holders