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People are sharing copyrighted files over the Internet every day and in every part of the world. It’s a huge problem for record labels, film studios, TV companies, and the creative people behind the albums, movies, television shows that are being shared.
The authorities in many countries are actively trying to counter online piracy, but their methods for doing so vary wildly and rarely work. As is the case with the state-funded “three strikes and you’re out” law in France, which has now been changed to remove the threat of an individual being disconnected from the Internet.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? Many of the laws being used to tackle the problem of piracy — both those already in existence and those being newly created — are failing to prevent people from continuing to source copyrighted material for free over the Internet. Even shutting down infamous websites helping people share and stream media files (such as Megaupload) is failing to curb the issue.
So, what, if anything, should the authorities be doing to prevent online piracy? Is it a case of gently persuading people that there is another, better way of doing things? Is it providing services that offer legal methods for obtaining movies and music in an affordable way? Is it charging people with criminal offences or cutting off their Internet connections when they’re caught sharing files online?
I suspect there will be some, or indeed many, of you who don’t feel anything should be done about online piracy. In fact, you may believe file-sharing and/or illicit streaming of copyrighted material shouldn’t be classified as piracy at all. You are, of course, entitled to that opinion, and we want to hear your views as well.
To sum up…
- Tell us your views on online piracy, whether you’re for or against.
- If you’re pro-piracy justify your belief that it’s OK to share/steal content.
- If you’re anti-piracy tell us what you think the authorities should do to counter it.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us.One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
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