Essay on Pro Piracy of Entertainment Media

Essay by d3v14ntCollege, UndergraduateA, February 2007

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Without doubt, the entertainment industry brings quite a lot of amusement to society. During the previews of many motion pictures playing now, there are commercials which state that the piracy of movies and music is wrong hurts the little guys, who are responsible for the smaller aspects of a movie - like the carpenter, who built the movie set. Traditionally, stealing is wrong and is hurtful to society. What everyone should realize is that America just paid a few actors at least $50 million to play pretend for about two weeks' worth of work. Perhaps this is wrong. Although the illegal downloading of entertainment media may be viewed as something selfish and destructive, it is actually a great benefit to society.

In the motion picture and music industries, there are definitely a lot of people and costs involved. The production of movies or music can be a very painstaking process.

These efforts should definitely be rewarded, since they are in high demand. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) along with many others are constantly trying to apprehend people who are downloading copies of their products without purchasing them. Penalties include up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. This is definitely too extreme of a penalty for something that happens in every household.

Last night, there were over 6.7 million users exchanging files on one of the leading piracy programs. Because this occurs over the Internet, there are no common boundaries, no common laws, and no common drivers - just millions of people doing what they want; sharing what they want. Since this piracy cannot be effectively stopped, society has to deal with the consequences of it.

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