Canada's copyright law is one of our hardest laws to enforce. The reason
the police have so much trouble enforcing this law, is due to technology. This
law is very easy to break, and once broken, it is very hard to track down
violators. So although some form of a copyright law is needed, the one we have
has, too many holes to be effective. There are three main ways in which the
copyright law is broken in everyday life. They is audio/video tape copying,
plagiarism, and software piracy.
The first, and most commonly violated aspect of the copyright law, is the
copying of audio tapes for oneself and friends. Thanks to the invention of dual
cassette stereos, this has become very easy. You simply take an original or even
another copy of a tape, as well as a blank tape. Stick them both in to the
stereo and bingo you have a new tape.
You also just broke the law.
Along with copying audio tapes, now we can copy video tapes almost as
easily. If you hook two VCR's together, they can copy from one to the other.
You could rent a movie form the video store, copy and return it, with no one the
The problem with copying video and audio tapes is that for every copy you
make the recording artist, the actors, producers and everyone else who collect
royalties from the tapes lose money. If the companies start to lose money, they
raise prices. Thus a vicious circle begins. As prices go up, fewer people buy
original copies. If less people buy the original cassettes prices will once
Another major form of piracy is plagiarism. The stealing of someone
elses ideas or work. The biggest category of people who fall into here...