Film, Music and Game Piracy

on May 5th, 2009 by Matt | 1 Comment »

This was originally an oral presentation, but who cares (can’t be stuffed modifying it):

If I asked how many people in this class have ever downloaded something illegally, how many would say yes? Most people wouldn’t steal someone’s possessions, but they would download pirated material. It could be because it’s a lot easier to download a file, instead of stealing possessions, or it could be because it’s a little harder to get caught in the act. We all believe that when we download something illegally, we aren’t doing any damage. But the truth is, we are.

Film piracy doesn’t only affect us, but also the companies that make those films. It costs around $230 million yearly, meaning they have less money to make other movies. The more movies people download, the less new movies come out due to high expenses in making those pirated movies. Here in Australia, film piracy can include: illegal copying and sale of Australian films and TV series ans well as Hollywood ‘blockbusters’; loss of earnings to producers, investors, distributors, authors, composers and artists; steady disintegration of the manufacturers, facilities and suppliers, exhibitors and rental/retail stores; and lastly, people’s jobs also get affected, as more films get pirated.

Music piracy might look like less than Film piracy, just because the files are smaller, or because they are much easier to get. There are three types of music piracy: simple piracy, counterfeits and bootlegs. Firstly, simple piracy is packaging songs onto a CD without getting permission from the producers. This might include disks with collections of greatest hits or dance CD’s. Counterfeits usually are illegal copies of the original, that look as much as the original as possible. And bootlegs are unauthorised recordings of broadcasted or live performances. Weirdly enough, a survey was run not long ago that showed that people that pirated music bought more music than people that didn’t pirate music.

Computer and Video Game piracy is also very common, but comes at a terrible cost – prison time or a criminal record. Now, game piracy may not be as easy as film piracy, but can very easily be avoided. Let’s take me for example. One of my online friends bought a very good game last year, by the name of Test Drive Unlimited. Well, I read around and many people kept saying how good it was. So I automatically checked how big it was to download. Sadly, it was 3 point something GB, about the size of Windows 7 64-bit. So I decided not to. That was a very good choice on my part, because during the Term 1 holidays I went to Harvey Norman to look for some good Racing Games. And surprisingly, I found Test Drive Unlimited for $20. If you’re wondering, it is an awesome game!

We don’t get forced to download, but we choose to. If you do choose to pirate something, buy it afterwards.