Essay on The Increase in Piracy as a Result of Internet User Apathy

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The evolution of the Internet into a mainstream resource has provided its users with access to whatever their hearts desire, often at no cost. Such free access has instilled in the minds of users that they are entitled to possess all that they may obtain, without regard to those from whom they are taking. Causing the damages to our economy and society on a global scale, and challenges to the current state of copyright law, resulting from the growth and advancement of digital technology, which has created a pandemic of apathy among an entire population of users toward the interests of copyright owners.

Piracy is generally divided into a few subcategories. The most commonly used order is:

• Commercial Piracy – Illegal duplication of
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Piracy was common, but the BBSs were also a perfect place for people to exchange ideas and gain knowledge of very narrow fields by discussing with other users. BBSs had their golden years during the 1980’s and they emerged in large numbers especially during the latter part of the decade.

While computer software was pirated in a larger extent than ever before, the music industry released a new system called CD (Compact Disc).The CD proved to be a very cost-effective reliable storage system and was soon incorporated in the computer world. Instead of using several floppy discs, a CD could now be used to distribute software. Personal Computers had now moved in to the next generation consisting of Macintosh and a collection of different machines under the name PC. They had been around for quite some time already but Macintosh’s and PC’s didn’t get very common in homes until now, when the prices were affordable.

In the mid 1990’s, CD-writers for home use started to appear and another revolution in terms of piracy began. Internet started to find its way into people’s homes and MP3-songs9 were steadily on the move. The BBS’s which earlier had served as rather local meeting places now started to transfer to the Internet to join forces with all the other BBS’s. CD’s were copied more and more frequently and the industry had a hard time protecting its products. Audio CD’s lacked any kind of copy protection and a lot of people

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