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Digital piracy

Digital piracy

Digital piracy definition

Digital piracy refers to the illegal act of copying, distributing, or using digital content without authorization or payment. It often includes sharing software, digital media such as music, movies, and video games as well as other forms of copyrighted digital content.

See also: software piracy

Digital piracy drawbacks

  • Loss of revenue. When consumers pirate digital content, they are harming the industry which can lead to less investment in new content.
  • Harm to creators. Ultimately, piracy harms creators and distributors and may cause them to lose revenue and discourage creative professionals from creating new works.
  • Legal consequences. Piracy is illegal and may result in fines, lawsuits, and even imprisonment.
  • Malware. Pirated software may be used to spread malware.
  • Quality issues. Pirated content is often of worse quality compared to legitimate copy.

Digital piracy advantages

  • Accessibility. In authoritarian regimes that aim to control the spread of information through harsh restrictions, sometimes piracy can be the only way to protect free speech.
  • Preservation. In rare cases, it can help preserve old or rare media that might otherwise be lost.

Digital piracy alternatives:

Digital piracy refers to the illegal act of copying, distributing, or using digital content without authorization or payment. It often includes sharing software, digital media such as music, movies, and video games as wellSome alternatives to piracy include low-cost services streaming, free ad-supported services, public libraries, and open-source software supported donations. For example, while Photoshop is one of the most pirated pieces of software, free and open-source app GIMP is almost as capable.

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