chapter 5 discussion what will become of intellectual property and pirates

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 … because it might be piracy that you’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, let’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?

Don’t answer those questions (above), those are just for you to consider. Instead, answer these – 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?