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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- Webster’s 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 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 is pirated in some fashion (Bit torrent, 2004). An even more staggering number is the amount of money that film companies have estimated as losses due to the illegal downloading of their material. They have estimated the staggering number of 15 billion dollars 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 where it has gone out of control making it extremely hard to prevent. The ease in which one can participate in piracy has been rising over years since Napster first started with a P2P GUI interface that allowed any individual to connect to other peoples computers to get music and software whenever they wanted (Advantages of 2P). 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 is very fast and 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 haven’t yet been practiced. Their effectiveness at reducing the piracy problem has not been determined. No doubt more research needs to be done about piracy, but something also has to be done now, given the ever-growing population of people engaging in the pirating community it may just be too little too late. How Pirated Materials are Made and Distributed Pirated materials can be obtained primarily in 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...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2009 for the course CJUS 4000 taught by Professor Dr.holt during the Spring '09 term at UNC Charlotte.

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