Internet Intelectually Piracy Essay

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Internet Intelectually Piracy

Intellectual Property Piracy

In today=s society technology has made life easier and almost totally automated. You no
longer need to go to a teller in a bank to deposit, withdraw, or even cash a check. You
can even program a calculator to solve for the c value in an equation in math class. To
even top things off you no longer need to be at home or around a computer to go on to the
internet with advancements in cellular phone technology. Unfortunately there are drawbacks
to the rapidly growing field of technology and computers. The internet is making more and
more music, movies, games, and thousands of other software accessible. Most of it is
stolen or APIRATED@, and then put up on the internet for anybody to download and use on
their PC (personal computer). Along the lines there are even programs that let you find,
download, and use what you want at no charge. To be able to do this hurts or even destroys
the inventors very own intellectual property and they have the right to make royalties off
of their idea, whether it is music, movies, games, or even business/personal software. The
loss of these properties are due to four main factors, networking, encryption, few or no
precedents, and a fast growth, in the PC field. All of which have led intellectual
property on the bleeding edge of the technology world but has not totally eliminated it
from the market. Some companies are improving in those area with better programing and
encrypting. Also with the help of the United States government in making laws, standards,
and agencies totally focused on this area of technology.



The first issue is networking. Whether its on a local level such as an intranet or LAN
(local area network) where only a few computers are networked or connected together and
have file sharing access or as a world wide factor as the internet or WAN (wide area
network). Networking allows multiple use access the same data at the same time. When there
is an intranet it is localized to only a small community such as a business or local
school. However they tend to be link or connected to the internet allowing incoming and
outgoing traffic through the extranet server. The extranet server gives the LAN access to
the outside world but also give the outside world access to them. With hundreds of
thousands of computers linked to each other gigabytes (approximately one billion bytes) of
gigabytes of data are shared. To access this data you need a program that uses a process
called FTP (file transfer protocol) or HTTP (hyper text transfer protocol). Many of these
programs are free and come with your PC, such as Microsoft 7 Internet Explorer or Netscape
7 Navigator. With these programs allow anybody that has access to the internet to view and
even download anything they want. As another way to receive data is through a direct
connection contact via FTP. A very common and popular program to do this is used for music
and is even under review by the United States federal court system, Napster 7. Napster 7
allows you to log on to a server and browse or look at what other users have on there
computer and download anything at once. As of the thirteenth of November year two thousand
there are seven thousand, nine hundred and five gigabytes of data and is comprised of
1,907,942 songs being shared at any user=s request (Napster client v2.0beta 7). Some of
those songs might be free to share but that is only at the artist consent, but all other
songs and artists lose their right to royalties and lose money. However not all artist are
against the idea of sharing this way, they just work around it. Some bands are putting
secret songs on there albums and not putting them on the list of songs on the album or
making the album an interactive album with the help of SONY=s CD EXTRA. These are just a
few ways that artist protecting them selves against the internet. Along with networking
problems comes encryption and protecting your digital and intellectual property.

Technology is making it easier to compact, mass multiply, and distribute a product. Also
with the total fade out of eight track cassette tape and long play record, music has
converted over to CDs (compact disc). CDs are in digital format what are composed strictly
zeros and ones. Now that CDRW (compact disc re write) drives have been released anybody
can copy any CD they wish. Also along the lines of copying CDs there is software that lets
anybody convert CD audio into a low space format mat called MP3 (Mpeg 3 layer), and can
use the same program to play the song with out the CD. With this capability you can trade,
sell, and even just give away the music with out the artist getting one penny of royalty.
Some CD manufactures are encrypting their products to protect their data. Another type of
piracy of intellectual DVD (digital versatile/video disc) ripping. A DVD is not a totally
the same as a CD, it takes a special drive that reads the different layers on the disc,
and transfers the data a faster speed. Besides a different drive, the disc space capacity
of a DVD is almost ten times the size of the average CD. With these changes and a high
encryption format a person is not able to copy a DVD on to a CD, but you can rip the
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