People who are otherwise law abiding citizens think nothing of breaking copyright law and infringing on the property and livelihood of others. They excuse it away pointing to rich corporations or super stars without thinking of the millions of authors, singers, session musicians, actors, directors, writers and other working middle class or lower people who depend on being paid for their work through residual income. Material shows up before it is published or presented in theatres and most of the public seems to think that is OK...People who would never steal a candy bar from a 7-11 or willingly take money from someone elses' pocket, are willing to share and take the property of others off the Internet. Why is that?
Hour 2 of Radio Times from WHYY
From the download of that song stuck in your head to the episode of that TV show viewed on a foreign website, it's easier than ever to get your favorite media for free on the internet. Online piracy has run rampant, costing U.S. businesses as much as $200 million a year by some estimates. Two anti-piracy bills recently proposed by Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), were met with intense opposition and even inspired popular sites like Google and Wikipedia to black out their websites in protest. As a result, the bills have been put on hold, but supporters of the legislation have vowed to fight on. Joining us to discuss internet piracy and help us make sense of SOPA and PIPA is LARRY DOWNES, who writes about the intersection of technology, politics and business. Then we’ll get opposing views on SOPA and PIPA from DAVID COHEN of the AFL-CIO and CORYNNE McSHERRY, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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First Published February 17, 2012