Creativity VS Piracy (#WorldIPDay Competition, Entry: SR-04)
In the past decade there has been a lot of debate and argument about illegal downloading of music and films and the pirating of CDs and DVDs. As ads and articles have repeated time after time, both these things are theft, pure and simple. To be more specific, they are a part of intellectual property theft.
Have you wondered how often do you commit this theft? We wouldn’t shoplift from a supermarket or burgle a neighbor’s house. So why do so many people think it’s perfectly fine to download music without paying for it, to purchase a bootleg DVD or copy software without paying for it?
While downloading a track or an album illegally we are depriving the artist who composed it, of royalties. We often tend to believe that how will it affect the artist, who according to us is getting highly paid. But that is not always true. Most recordings don’t make a lot of money, so by the act of piracy we are actually denying such artists the possibility of any future recording.
Film studios and producers invest a huge amount in new movies, which rarely prove to be blockbusters. For them it is very much a gamble and they make profit only by the sale of DVDs. However, bootleg and pirated DVDs and illegal downloads could mean that a studio isn’t able to finance a project in the future.
“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”
We often tend to think “what if I am downloading movies, I am just downloading a few!” But what happens when the number increases to thousands and millions of copies, the impact is huge – and in China, for instance, the vast majority of software that’s sold (along with CDs and DVDs) is pirated.
“It means people might watch the film whom otherwise would not”
By committing this theft we are actually robbing people of their ideas and creativity. This has grown tremendously due to the rise of digital technologies and Internet file sharing networks. It not only robs the creators but it also robs the nation of jobs and lost tax revenues.
What if you were the creator? Would you like someone stealing your creation? Think how helpless the artist feels when this happens with him and he is unable to do anything about it.
In short, with deeper consideration, there are no ethics that can be really used to defend intellectual property theft. You might gain in the short-term, but in the longer term you affect not only people, but also the future.
Soorina Sethia, Patent Analyst-Life Sciences
Swati Kabra, Patent Analyst- Life Sciences