Will the future lead to more online piracy, or have the media companies learned their lessons and adapted and learned from the pirates’ methods?
It is undeniable that teenagers are truly reaping the advantages of the internet. After all, it is in their generation where the internet has really boomed. Yes, cyberspace is where everything can be found and where almost everything is free. Like everything in this world, both in cyberspace and in real life, there are consequences we all have to deal with one way or another. Unfortunately, perhaps it is also because teenagers will definitely act out, they do not seem to care too much about the consequences, and perhaps we should give them the benefit of the doubt as well. Maybe they just really don’t know about copyright and piracy online.
If the companies would have followed suit with Napster, Limewire, and others, and worked out how to start Netflix and Spotify a few years ago, we would not have the same issues with file sharing as we have now. File sharing is very rampant among the internet savvy. However, most of the stuff people torrent among each other is unauthorized by the people responsible for them, such as the producers, record companies, authors, publishers, and so on. As a result, this can be considered theft, and is more popularly known as piracy. It is in fact a serious crime against the law in many countries, could land you in jail, and result in serious amounts of fines. This is a fact that not all teenagers know, or more often don’t take seriously. Online distributors should take advantage of torrents.
Some do not even download files, they simply turn to the many free TV streaming channels where there is advertising covering most of the screen. Some people buy streaming boxes, and use subscriptions to the boxes. The box is connected to the TV, and it will give you all the movies and channels you ever wanted. This is not really a legal service as some might think, but a huge network of media pirates. Sometimes the police close them down for a week, and people need to reset the boxes, and they are up again. Maybe media companies should set up a system like this instead, and offer the same services instead of blocking people from seeing one program from another country.
Blizzards have got in hot weather for charging over 1 million for reaching the final stages of their new game. You can see that in the app center, for example, some people have made reviews saying this game is impossible to reach unless you pay. So by adapting to the new reality, these software companies have used the new knowledge of file sharing and adapted to the new market, same as Netflix. Amazon Prime is now offering both games and books under the same roof, and it will probably be the new model for the future.
Fight the Pirates or Join Them?
A government agency set up a comic strip that was created as a medium to spread awareness among high school students. They hoped that putting the agenda in the form of a comic strip would grab their attention, and to help them understand. However, it turned out to be a failure because the storyline of the comic strip seemed to actually have taken the side of the lawbreakers rather than of the authorities.
Joe Rogan has said in his postcast many times that he will never charge for his podcast but at the same time he is putting specials on Netflix.
In Sweden, where the Pirate Bay website originated, all the creators have gotten jail time but their website and hundreds of mirror sites are still active, creating millions in revenue for whoever wants to set up a torrent website replica of the Pirate Bay website. At the same time, the Swedish anti-piracy firm has closed down, and they are not filing lawsuits to anyone anymore. Sweden got the law through to sue people if you downloaded a movie, but they stopped since the backlash was too great. In the USA, you need to use a proxy or similar to avoid getting a letter if you just click download one of the torrents.
The Story of an Old Lady and Her Daughter
To battle piracy, the Anti-Pirate Bureau as they called themselves, brought a story to the news regarding the old lady and her teenage granddaughter
The story describes an old lady and her teenage granddaughter, living together in the impoverished old lady’s house. The grandmother had just got her house back from the bank, she won a court case and she was in happy spirit to tell her granddaughter. However, her granddaughter has her own news to tell as well; apparently the teenager is facing a lawsuit for illegally downloading music. She was caught in possession of thousands of songs. The downloads traced through her IP address, and then to her home address. She is to face trial and could possibly be sent to jail aside from the fine that she has to pay.
The story did not fall where the Anti-Pirate Bureau wanted the people in general; instead, sympathy was given to the old lady and the granddaughter, who seemed to be given such awful misery by the authorities.
The Future of Online Piracy
The future of online privacy is probably never going to stop unless everything becomes totally free. Even when everything becomes streamed there will be sharing of these streams. It’s similar to the war on drugs; it can not be won since the pirates will always find new ways to hack and share media. Instead of fighting them, the companies that gained the most during the past years are companies that adjusted to the new reality. Companies that refused to offer streaming and demand people buy one CD or Song from their download shop have lost. Similar to Portugal’s war on drugs, instead of continuing the fight the war on drugs, they made it legal and reaped the benefits. Joe Rogan and Elon Musk had a talk about this on the Joe Rogan podcast.