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Digital Media Piracy


The subject of digital media piracy is a highly debated topic among people today. We hear of people getting sued by the RIAA and other companies that slap lawsuits against everyday people for digitally stealing copyrighted work. I took on this topic in my final paper for English 102. In my research, I have found that people acknowledge the fact that they are pirating software, feel guilty, yet continue to pirate anyway. Why do people pirate? I have found that people like the word “free.” The quality is identical to that of paid content, so why not? We have to remember about TINSAAFL. TINSAAFL stands for: There is no such thing as a free lunch. Whether the pirating individual ends up with a lawsuit over their pirated content, or artists end up not receiving the profit that they should be. In an article titled “Targeting Websites Dedicated to Stealing American Intellectual Property,” Daniel Castro said: “Online piracy harms the artists, both the famous and struggling, who create content, as well as the technicians—sound engineers, editors, set designers, software and game programmers—who produce it.” Many reports confirm that firms lose billions of dollars every year due to digital piracy. In 2005, $18.2 billion dollars were lost due to piracy. While I acknowledge that I am a part time digital pirate myself, I believe that individuals should pay for the content that they desire. It’s stealing, and it is morally wrong. Money is being lost, and people are losing their jobs. Is it really worth it saving on a $0.99 song?


Blog 10: Online info.


The world has truly been blessed with the internet. The number one blessing that comes from the internet is the freedom of online information. Think back to the times before the internet. Where did people get all of their information from? They got them from books! But things definitely changed when essentially all the information in the world became available through a computer. The internet allows you to obtain infinite knowledge. But along with the freedom of online information, a stereotypical false claim started to arise. Claims such as, “I know I’m right. I read it on the internet” has become a way of justifying our answers. The obvious problem with this is that not everything you read on the internet is legit. Have you ever come across an advertisement or headline about health remedies or celebrity gossip? Things like this are read online daily and millions of people believe it! But shouldn’t they? The information came from the internet, right? We might be absorbing false information and not even knowing it. Another negative part of online information fake personal information. There are people that completely spill all their personal information to people via social networking. But sometimes, the person you think you are talking to really isn’t who they say they are. This can lead to many problems down the road (some being dangerous such as abduction). The freedom of online information in many cases really is “too good to be true.” Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.