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What is Piracy?
Piracy is the illegal copying of copyrighted
material. This can be, but is not limited to music, games, and videos.
What is Music Piracy?
Music piracy can be defined as the stealing of
music. One scenario could be borrowing a friend's CD and burning a
copy for yourself. Also, downloading music from the Internet if the
song's royalties are not paid.
What are the Consequences of Piracy?
A positive consequence of stealing music is that
you get free music for your own personal enjoyment. You can also
profit from piracy. However, more often than not, piracy will result
in the negative consequences. Caught pirates are sued and occasionally
served with jail terms.
In the Constitution, there is a clause that
empowers Congress "to promote the progress of science and useful
arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the
exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
(Article 1, Section 8) This is the basis for patents.
The Copyright Act states that only the copyright
owner has the right "to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or