Piracy And Ethical Issues

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The first major ethical dilemma related to the current law is abuse of the DMCA. Due to the safe harbor provision, websites are not held accountable for the actions of their users. This has allowed websites to intentionally allow infringing material on their websites – even rewarding the users for their submissions. To comply with the law, the website merely has to remove the content upon formal, written request from the copyright holder. This technique allows the web host to earn great deals of ad revenue from the views brought in by the infringing content. This is a totally unethical practice that is based upon greed and legal loopholes. It converts a law that was meant to protect innocent websites into a law that allows stealing revenue …show more content…
I simply re-upload it since it is already on my seedbox and re-add it to the streaming sites. Then I notify the streaming site that the other link is bad (Andy, 2014). The second major ethical dilemma is regarding piracy itself. Few would argue that piracy is unethical behavior. Piracy involves opposing virtue ethics by promoting thievery of content. Furthermore, it directly opposes deontological ethics by directly breaking multiple laws related to copyright law. The problem lies in the fact that, for the most part, the consensus is that piracy is unethical. However, something being unethical does not mean it is easy to prevent.
The resistance against piracy regularly leads to unethical behavior from the copyright holders themselves. The tools used in the opposition of piracy are frequently viewed as ripe with abuse. For example, the DMCA takedown system is often misused to remove non-infringing content and hurt innocent uploaders (Williams, 2015). This provides support to the idea that neither copyright holders nor pirates are ethically innocent in this controversial
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This is an opinion that is already gaining acceptance, but has not yet become an industry standard practice. Due to the ways in which DRM hurts game enthusiasts by stripping away their fair use rights, such as the ability to make backup copies, many companies are starting a DRM free initiative (Good old Games, n.d.). The website, Good Old Games (GoG), has begun to gather a following of enthusiasts by specifically focusing sales on DRM-free content. As a core value, the company states “We believe that a DRM-free world would be a better place and that 's why you won 't find any DRMs or other intrusive copy protection in items available at GOG.com. This applies to both games and movies” (Good old Games, n.d.). Reduced DRM makes legal means of obtaining the games more attractive as there are fewer convenience benefits to pirated

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