By Sherri Mabry Gordon

Writer Sherri Mabry Gordon explains how peer-to-peer dossier sharing works, what's felony and what's now not, and he or she explores new methods of utilizing expertise that could gain everybody.

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And piracy is stealing. Piracy is a huge problem today. Most young people do not realize that downloading files for free—whether it is music, movies, games, or software programs—is illegal. It does not help that many people also think that trading movies, music, computer games, and software online is a very cool thing to do. Image Credit: Shutterstock stefanolunardi The technological breakthroughs that brought the Digital Age made it very easy to copy material—songs, movies, games, and software.

There are several international laws and entities that are also worth noting. These include the Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement), and the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (WCT). ) This new law, the No Electronic Theft Act, is nicknamed the NET Act. The NET Act was passed to close a copyright law loophole. A loophole in the law is a way for someone to avoid punishment.

Any artist who has ever created something—a song, movie, software package, painting, or book—knows that some protection against copying their work is essential to survival. After all, piracy of copyrighted material chips away at the creator’s livelihood. Many people do not understand the significant harm caused by piracy. Both the entertainment industry and the software industry still seem to be making money, and the artists and creators are still getting rich. ” But that’s simply not the case.

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