Illegal Filesharing - Where Are You Now?
Copyright Infringement - It's not boring I promise.
As the day dawns on another copyright infringement suit, I'm left wondering what the impact is and what people's opinions are on (illegal) filesharing sites now in 2015.
Megaupload is an online file sharing site which according to the Washington Post (2012) had over 50 million users a day. The site was shut down by the United States Department of Justice in 2012 on the grounds of copyright infringement. Oh wait a minute... where have I heard this before. Oh yeah that's right Napster, LimeWire, Grooveshark... This week, we heard the closing arguments in Megaupload's long drawn out case where the defence made confident and defiant claims that they removed infringing content if they were made aware of it. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom stated that "not only did Megaupload achieve 99.999% takedown compliance...but received numerous emails from major content owners thanking (us) for our compliance". Even if this is accurate, an organisation which provides a platform where illegal filesharing canoperate should be investigated in my opinion. Why nearly 15 years after the demise of Napster, are we as a technology-creative industries coherent network still trying to do the little man/creative bodies/songwriters out of some pennies. I'll even admit back in the early 00s I delved into the old peer-to-peer illegal filesharing along with everyone else and their gran and their gran's dog. Didn't you? Upon reflection it devalued music and I'm sorry I burned CDs with illegal downloads of My Chemical Romance, Enter Shikari, Paramore, Panic! At the Disco, Girls Aloud, DJ Rankin, Jack Jones and Madina Lake...But we've moved on now.
There's no doubt that illegal filesharing popularity has dimmed in recent years - giving combined thanks to tougher legislation and intuitive ways which have encouraged people to acquire music legally - streaming. Will illegal filesharing sites ever be eradicated though really?
Copyright law is a particular area of interest for me. My business idea revolves around artists receiving an upfront fee for the use of their music along with any moving image. Furthermore and perhaps more importantly they receive PRS and MCPS royalties for every time their piece of music is played or reproduced. As I said earlier, copyright legislation and forward thinking ideas from music providers such as streaming networks are winning the battle of legal vs illegal at the moment.
All I want is to live in a world where the people behind the creativity are paid fairly for their work... Is that too much to ask?
Here's some pretty flowers that represent good things like the Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988 and the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.