With the recent growth of streaming services and ongoing efforts by media producers (movies, television shows, music) to make money from everything you watch, see, or listen to, there is a resurgence of intellectual property piracy.
The owners and producers of the content will exercise every power they can find to restrict your ability to use the internet â€¦ because it might be piracy that youâ€™re committing: (See cartoon at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Piracy_cartoon.gif (Links to an external site.))
Part of what is driving the resurgence of piracy is the attempt to pull money from your pocket at every turn: (See cartoon at: https://theoatmeal.com/comics/music_industry (Links to an external site.))
For this chapter, letâ€™s look around and consider the following issues:
- What is intellectual property and what kinds of form does it take?
- How does the internet facilitate piracy?
- How have copyright industries, governments and law enforcement bodies responded to the growth of illegal copying online?
- How might we explain the high levels of involvement in such practices by young people?
- Whose interests does the criminalization of copying serve? Is there a case for decriminalizing piracy?
- How might we rethink intellectual property rights in the internet age? Should we reinforce the old model or adopt new ways of thinking about copyright?
Donâ€™t answer those questions (above), those are just for you to consider. Instead, answer these â€“ post one comment of answer to these questions and one substantive comment in response to a classmate by the end of the week
- What is intellectual property and what kinds of forms does it take?
- Whose interests does the criminalization of copying serve?
- Is there a case to be made for decriminalizing piracy and at what cost?