Piracy and the Policies That Can Control It

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Unformatted text preview: Pi racy and the Policies That Can Control I t By: Michael Cobb 4/6/09 Dr. Holt Computer Crime I ntroduction Piracy is the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention or of a trademarked product according to Merriam- Websters Dictionary. Piracy is the biggest computer based fraud on college campuses across the country, and seems to be thought of as a legal activity by most college students. This unawareness has fueled the piracy for the last decade or so, and will continue to grow unless some sort of movement is made to thwart the progress of the activity. It is estimated that 36 percent of all software on computers now is pirated is some fashion (Bit torrent, 2004). An even more staggering number is the amount of money that film companies have estimated in losses due to the illegal downloading of their content reaching the staggering number of 15 billion in the year 2002 (power point). Piracy can have a profound impact on the sales of film, music, and software companies, and has reached a critical point now in where it has gone out of control making it extremely harder to prevent. The ease in which one can perform in piracy has rising over years since Napster first started with a P2P GUI interface that allowed one to connect to other peoples computers to get music and software whenever they wanted it (Advantages of P2P). Now with the rise of torrent files and software to download them like BitTorrent more things are available to people than ever before, and with the help of increased internet speeds getting that latest movie you want to see is very simple. For this reason there has been a rise in the study of piracy by many criminologists in the academic community, and handful of ideas on how to limit piracy in the collegiate atmosphere. But many of the ideas are just that, ideas, and are mainly theories that havent yet been practiced yet to see what their impact might be on the piracy problem. No doubt more research needs to be done about piracy, but something also has to be done now, giving the ever growing population of people engaging in the pirating community it may just become too little too late. How Pirated Materials are Made and Distributed Pirated materials can be obtained mainly two ways; through the use on P2P (peer-to- peer) software, and torrent software over the internet. P2P software has been out since the rise of Napster in the early 1990s and is very simple to figure out. To that note P2P software is the main concern amongst those looking to end piracy of their materials. software is the main concern amongst those looking to end piracy of their materials....
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