Aye aye, Captain!

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.



  1. I think it’s hard to stop it. Although we buy some music of some musicians or singers for respect, we want to respect their music and their achievement, but some people might illegally download their music or production and buy some piracy movies just because they don’t want to pay that much or they dont have enough money to buy the products that they all want to see.

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  2. I think with something as uncontrollable as the internet, piracy is something that will always be around and probably develop further. Companies have tried to prevent piracy of both music and films by either encouraging internet providers to block a number of major file sharing websites, however, said websites have managed to keep running and accessible to the public, be it through proxies or URL changes.
    Music piracy has also lead to the rise of online streaming services. For example Spotify and Apple Music provide users with a huge library of music. With Apple Music charging £10 a month and Spotify having a free option (though if you go with the free options you have to listen to their advertising ever now and again), I think streaming services have definitely reduced the need for music piracy. However, just because there isn’t as much of a need for it doesn’t mean that it’ll stop.

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