Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pirates of the Cyber Net

Online piracy prevailed much before any law or regulation would exist. The Internet has been like a mix of the high seas and the Wild West, a mostly lawless arena with authorities struggling to contain the, "creative" element. A new form of piracy known as digital piracy has taken the spotlight. Online piracy is a huge business. In recent years, the issue of copyright protection for intellectual properties such as computer software, music CDs, and videos has become increasingly important.
Illegal usage of Copyright and other Intellectual Property Right has lead Companies to suffer great monetary loss in terms of revenue and incentives. 
Digital piracy can be knit together  as the act of cloning, using or disseminating information, products, in digital formats or using digital technologies, without the authorization of their legal owners. 
The internet is consider to be a free domain and  no matter to what extent authorities try and undertake it will never righteously be in a state of control. 
A very famous case which caught light is Artem Vaulin who allegedly owned and operated the Kickass Torrents or KAT, a commercial website that had enabled users to illegally reproduce and distribute millions of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media since 2008. 
Most of the materials downloaded on such illegal sites are lost only because of its free availability. The loss due to piracy overcomes the benefit of the free flow of information which creates and helps to develop new markets for illegitimate and unlawful content. 
In India there are reforms protecting various forms of literary and artist work. The Copyright Act 1 957 has penalized many such fraudulent online websites those try to use materials which are owned by others. 
Thus accordingly, It is totally unethical to circulate and consume material under copyright without due payment to content creators. For such implementation on online privacy our country should incorporate stringent rules and regulations. A sensible legislation and a law enforcement approach would play a crucial role. This should be accompanied by proper education to pupil in matters of piracy and other digital crimes and their respective penalties. 
Thereby, diverting resources used for formulating piracy website to some ethical and economical activities for benefit of our nation’s progress. Piracy problem may get larger in the next few decades. The rapid dispersion of broadband connection to the internet and the rise to peer to peer network makes it easier to download larger files and movies. 
The protocol could be put to much better use, but what becomes of it is something that only time will tell. As of now, what we do know is that KickAss Torrents is gone, and soon, another shall take its place.

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