Hello again to my fellow bloggers and readers!
I am writing to you once again about issues revolving around copyright laws, and more so the music industry and its laws. As I have mentioned in the title of this blog a question that you may want to ponder after reading this posting.
I am not referring the term ‘pirate’ to the typical “rough-and-tumble man churning on the high seas, brandishing a cutlass, and squinting hard with one eye while his other lies behind a rugged black patch” (Steinmetz & Tunnell, 2013, p. 53).
I am referring to the youth culture today and how they use, purchase and sometimes even steal music, movies and other sorts of media. Steinmetz and Tunnell explain the modern pirate as “[y]oung people, using computers to download digitized intellectual property” (Steinmetz & Tunnell, 2013, p. 53). Many young people have made their own youth culture by using programs such as Napster; that are built for sharing music and communicating from one person to another. They have per say created their own sub culture of piracy (Bradley, 2006, para.1). Though most pirates today are in fact youth, there is the odd person outside of this age category as well.
Even with all of the preventative measures towards piracy that the industries have been making, there is still this issue of stolen music and movies. Some of these preventative measures include posting labels on the DVD or VHS tape (in the past), and printed warnings on compact discs (CDs). Not only this, but “The Department of Homeland Security has shut down 82 websites that either engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods or facilitated on-line piracy” (Steinmetz & Tunnell, 2013, p. 54).
That being said, is taking artwork of others without their permission always piracy? Well, according to Larry Lessig it is not. Lessig argues that if the person is using music or images of others and creating their own work of art, such as a mash-up or a remix it is not piracy because the work is not reproduced in full. Lessig states that this is the world our youth is growing up in, and it is their way of communicating. This is a statement I definitely agree with, I can honestly say that I fall into this category, and perhaps maybe even a bit into the piracy category of music, however never of film. This brings me to ask myself this question: If I am willing to spend my money on good quality films, why not music as well? Is anyone else in this same boat? Are you a pirate of today?
Stay Strong, Happy and Healthy!
Bradley, D. (2006). Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice. M/C Jounral. 9 (1).
Lessig, L. Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007). Filmed March 2007, posted November 2007 on http://youtu.be/7Q25-S7jzgs
Steinmetz, K., & Tunnell, K. (2013). Under the Pixilated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line Pirates. Deviant Behavior. 34(1), p. 53-67.