Sunday, January 18, 2009

e-Piracy advice on Loose Change

There is a great post over at Loose Change about e-piracy and what can be done about it.

Here's a snippet:
Here’s another myth that needs debunking: Internet Piracy is impossible to prosecute, and no one really tries.


Yes, it’s difficult, and often cost prohibitive, to track down individual posters of one story. That’s not the way our contacts at the US Border Patrol Division of Cyber Crimes work. Cyber crimes cost US businesses millions of dollars a year -- that makes them worth prosecuting. So our trusty Cyber detectives can and do prosecute individuals, including seizing their computers and levying hefty fines, their major point of focus is the host sites that allow Internet users to illegally share files. If sites continually allow users to post illegal files -- music, books, DVDs, etc. -- investigators may well seize servers and prosecute site owners.



Talya Bosco said...

I have this discussion with people more often than you'd think. Very few people seem to think it's wrong to copy music or books. But for some reason they know copying movies is wrong. I just don't understand that. It's the same deal, guys. (sigh)

Michelle Hasker said...

I know :(
It's hard for authors when they need to go get a job to support themselves because writing doesn't bring in enough money. To then see their books being given away by pirates makes some decide to throw in the towel and give up on their writing.