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Exploring the Dichotomy: Piracy vs. Copyright Infringement


Mar 19, 2024

When we delve into the discourse surrounding piracy, we encounter two distinct yet interconnected concepts: traditional piracy and digital piracy. While traditional piracy conjures images of swashbuckling pirates plundering ships on the high seas, digital piracy navigates the complex waters of copyright infringement in the digital realm.

In the traditional sense, piracy involves the unlawful seizure of goods from ships and vessels. However, in contemporary parlance, digital piracy takes on a different form. Al-Rafee & Cronan (2007) define digital piracy as "the îllégâl copying/downloading of copyrighted software and media files" (p.528). Here lies the crux of the matter – traditional piracy pertains to the theft of physical property, whereas digital piracy involves the unauthorized acquisition of intellectual ideas.

When an object is pirated in the traditional sense, the owner is stripped of their possession, and it falls into the hands of the pìrâ†é.
Contrastingly, digital piracy revolves around the illicit duplication of ideas rather than physical items. For instance, when someone downloads a pirated music album, they aren't depriving the artist of their physical album; instead, they're gaining unauthorized access to the artist's creative output in the form of copied music files.

This distinction elucidates the difference between piracy and copyright infringement.Copyright infringement, as elucidated by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, refers to the utilization of works protected by copyright law without permission. Essentially, it entails the violation of the exclusive legal rights granted to copyright holders, encompassing activities such as reproduction, publication, sale, or distribution of copyrighted material. However, the interpretation and enforcement of copyright law vary from one jurisdiction to another, raising questions about the legal implications of copyright infringement.

Attitudes and Perceptions of Piracy

Why does digital piracy persist in contemporary society? Scholars such as Peter Williams, David Nicholas, and Ian Rowlands shed light on the myriad factors influencing individuals' decisions to engage in piracy. Economic considerations play a pivotal role, with studies revealing that individuals may resort to piracy if they perceive themselves as being exploited by exorbitant prices set by copyright owners.

Market demand also exerts significant influence, with high pricing often driving consumers towards pirated alternatives.
Moreover, attitudes towards personal and corporate possessions shape perceptions of piracy. While individuals may exhibit ethical considerations towards personal property and privacy, their stance towards corporate piracy remains ambivalent. This indifference towards corporate piracy, as highlighted by Williams, Nicholas, and Rowlands, underscores a lack of ethical judgment in certain contexts.Anonymity further complicates the discourse surrounding piracy. Sameer Hinduja's research on deindividuation and internet software piracy elucidates how anonymity inherent to the online realm can lead individuals to disassociate from personal responsibility. In a state of de-individualization, individuals may feel absolved of accountability for their actions, fostering an environment conducive to digital piracy.

Perceptions of Information Freedom and Piracy as Information Liberation of a Public Good

Central to the debate on piracy is the philosophical notion of information freedom and the perception of piracy as an act of liberation. Proponents argue that information, akin to a public good, should be freely accessible to all without restrictions. Intellectual property, viewed through this lens, becomes a tool of oppression, perpetuating artificial scarcity to benefit a select few at the expense of the masses.

Brian Martin's exploration of information liberation underscores the contentious nature of intellectual property rights, particularly in the context of patents and genetic codes. By challenging the monopolization of ideas, advocates of information freedom advocate for the democratization of knowledge, positioning piracy as a means of subverting institutionalized power structures.

In conclusion, the discourse on piracy and copyright infringement traverses a multifaceted terrain, encompassing legal, economic, and ethical considerations. While copyright infringement delineates the legal boundaries of intellectual property rights, piracy embodies a broader ideological stance on information freedom and access. Understanding the nuances of this dichotomy is essential in navigating the evolving landscape of digital ethics and governance.

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Parang mali naman sabihin na pamimirata yung pag-download. Kase halos lahat ng nasa internet is technically free to consume.
Sa tangin ko mas angkop yung salitang pamimirata duon sa mga personalidad/grupo na nagvivideo sa mga sinehan at hindi sa mga nagdodownload dahil hindi naman sila yung gumawa ng kopya mula sa sinehan o source, etc.
At kung ayaw nila mapirata di wag nalang sila gumawa ng movie, music o program/software.
Tapos ang problema..hahaha

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