Music piracy has been a problem in the industry for years. This is true not only in the United States, but also in various parts of the world. In fact, there have been determined hot spots for music piracy globally and with the continuous evolution of technology, fighting this crime has become even much more difficult.
What is music piracy?
Piracy in this aspect involves theft of the intellectual property of musicians, recording artists and recording companies through illegal acquisition and/or distribution of their music. This is pretty much the same as with other forms of intellectual property theft except that in this case, the object of piracy include music and labels.
In the past, piracy in the industry was only limited to the distribution of physical music media that were copied physically; case in point, the cassette tapes and CDs.
Then through time and with the advances in technology, even the download of songs and all music types through the internet has also been covered in the issue of piracy. Albums can now be encoded in digital files and shared illegally through the cyberspace; thus opening new venues for piracy.
Apart from that, there are also businesses that engage in piracy through selling albums and songs even if they do not have the rights for that. This has become especially tough for the authorities to counter especially in countries that do not recognize the international copyright law.
Music piracy effects
The damage to the industry caused by this theft is quite harsh. The former is losing millions because of piracy. Recording artists are losing what is rightfully their income from legitimate sales of albums and songs that they worked hard for. The same is true in the case of recording companies and labels that are losing large sums of money in royalties.
The fact is, the production of all music types can be costly. Then add to the monetary investment the hard work and dedication that the artists and companies give for their craft and what was supposed to be a great part of their reward is not given to them because of piracy.
The battle against piracy
Even though there is still much left to be desired in this fight against all music piracy, the struggle of the artists and companies continue. The authorities, musicians and companies are working hand in hand to battle the theft. International bodies are also working together with them at this global era where geographic boundaries are no longer a hindrance for music sharing.
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