In the readings for this week it seems to be a lack of information regarding online piracy. Therefore, here is a little trivia.
Napster, the first program to enable illegal sharing of music was initially released in 1999 and shut down in 2001 after several lawsuits such as one filed by several recording companies under the newly passed Digital Millennium Copyright Act. At its peak, Napster had over 25 million users and 80 million songs, and despite this huge load, the Napster system never once crashed. Soon after, in the early 2000s, Kazaa was released on the WWW as a peer-to-peer file sharing program that continued the revolutionary way of sharing files such as mp3 music, pictures and short videos. Perhaps, our generation is more accustomed to BitTorrent, Limewire , and of course, Pirate Bay, all that are still very popular today.
Whether it is music or movies, the average person has illegally downloaded some sort of media in their lifetime, which is not surprising at all considering the commodity of downloading.
Then again, since there has always been found a way to pirate music, can it ever be stopped? What are your thoughts on internet piracy? How do you think it will evolve?
This link contains interesting facts but it is too long post as it is. Please view it.
P.S: When I was researching, I could not stop myself from linking ‘piracy’ with Captain Jack Sparrow. Might as well share one of the greatest theme songs ever.