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Anti-piracy

In Copyright on October 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

Since the introduction of Napster in 1999, the illegal ownership and distribution of copyrighted material has become a key issue in the eyes of the public. Why? Because the majority of today’s younger generation, or more tech-savvy generation, have been or continue to be involved in illegal file-sharing. I can only begin to remember how many viruses I received for downloading music straight from Kazaa when I was a kid. It’s almost like tying a noose around your computers neck.

So far, efforts to regulate this illegal media trade have been gone poorly. As long as avid music goers are connected to the internet, there will always be a strong demand for free media distribution. It’s an on going war that has continued to annoy lawmakers and record labels throughout the past decade. This may change though as new legislation is being made which aims to shut down websites accused of piracy.

“The DOJ would have the authority to serve the accused site’s U.S.-based registrar with an order to shut down the site. Perhaps most important to copyright owners, the DOJ would also have the power to prevent U.S. citizens from accessing accused sites based overseas by ordering Internet service providers to black out those sites. The government could order Google or Visa to cease doing business with the alleged pirate sites.”

The legislation, also known as the The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, gives the Justice Department the ability to take any website believed to be in violation of piracy laws to court.

“Under the proposed legislation, the Justice Department would file a civil action against accused pirate domain names. If the domain name resides in the U.S., the attorney general could then request that the court issue an order finding that the domain name in question is dedicated to infringing activities.”

Now, what separates this type of legislation from ones in the past is that this will affect websites, such as bit torrent, that are based overseas. Because of this, we might finally see the nail in the coffin for music piracy, or at least until someone finds a new method to download illegally.

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