Film Piracy Is Unethical? Essay

931 Words Jul 8th, 2015 4 Pages
A long time ago, since the invention of the video home system, movie piracy has been a rampant crime that caused extreme economic loss in countries all over the world. Cameras, video equipment, DVDs, and the Internet have greatly contributed to the unauthorized copying or sharing of copyrighted materials without permission, or simply stealing it. Many activities like lawsuits against file sharing websites have been taken to protect companies, producers, and artists from copyright theft. However, movie piracy remains on the rise and won 't vanish overnight. Certain actions have to be taken to make both movie lovers and moviemakers happy and to protect their rights. Movie piracy is unethical because it hurts the country’s economy, deprives the property owners and other legal businesses of their revenue and income, and is a crime that causes an absolute loss to the holder’s property privileges, even though some people argue that pirating isn’t technically stealing and does not violate the movie’s copyrights. Pirating movies affects not the only the entertainment industry, but the overall global economy as well. In his article titled “Piracy’s Ripple Effect on the Global Economy,” Wayne Scholes argues that even though the entertainment industry provides about $80 billion each year to the U.S. economy, it is nowhere close to what it should be since about 750,000 jobs have been lost because of online piracy which costs the U.S. economy around $250 billion per year…

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