The stealing of Intellectual property is certainly not a new concept, as it has been happening since the beginning of invention. However, with this fabulous tool that we now have known as the internet, it is becoming easier and easier to take things that do not belong to us. Most of the time, there is no malice involved in it, as people simply want to have something and paying for it is a pain. That does not change the fact that the property of others is the property of others, whether it be music, films, literature, or even things like original coding for things like games and other computer programs and software. As much as this might seem like a victimless crime, the people who worked on this content, put their blood sweat and tears into it, need to be recognized for their creation, for it is theirs, and they deserve to receive praise for their creations. Not only that, but not everybody involved in IP piracy can be considered innocent, as it is a criminal enterprise, so to say. Though they may or may not profit from the distribution of Intellectual property, they are committing a crime, and committing crime has consequences.
This is an interesting article, or statement from Stephen Pinkos, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on the USPTO website. It talks about copyright laws, patent laws, past laws, and things that are in the works for years to come. It actually is quite interesting. This next statement to the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is from Marybeth Peters and comes from the Copyright office and is also on piracy laws, and the struggle with online piracy from the U.S. Copyright Office website and is also a very interesting statement or article. It is, however, quite formal and covers countries like China and Russia and what is to be done about those countries and piracy. This next article, and it is very short, comes from the FBI website and is just a little bit under “what we investigate” and “White-collar crime”. Basically it is a snippet, but it is made clear that they do make it a priority to go after IP pirates.
I would like to share a few videos about Intellectual Property and piracy. While some of these are actually more about trademarks, in all truth, if it is someone elses creation, it falls under the same sort of heading as Copyright. In some ways it is like the same thing only different. This first one is from a few years ago from the PBS Newshour, and is actually more about trademark infringement on things like counterfeit Viagra in Chinese shops.
It is interesting to look at a country like China and see how much they are actually taking from us.
This next video is from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, and has some great insight into copyright law, piracy and infringement.
Video number three is actually about SOPA, which is the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and the act wants to do just that, stop online piracy. The fact is that, as many lawyers and people who create intellectual Property who are behind it, the average American may or may not want this to go forward, or even care. This bit is from Fox News, and I don’t usually go for things on Fox News, but this is really interesting and relevant (forgive the tone of bias).
Next video is John Perry Barlow talking about piracy of Intellectual Property. This interview is so wonderful, because they cover so many things when it comes to media, music production, marketing music, and free online content. Just a great interview, very interesting.
This last video is kind of a summing up of piracy in the 21st Century. Basically, it explains things in the simplest yet most eloquent of ways. Starts out with a great little bit of a speech from President Obama.
That is all the videos, but a few last comments on piracy and Intellectual Property. If you are at all confused about copyright law, or copyright in general, go to the website of the Copyright Office and that can set you right. Also a good place to look for information might be with American Intellectual Property Law Association ( AIPLA ) and they can inform you of your rights as a creator and your rights as a user of IPs. As I move forward as a writer, I worry about the possibility of the theft of my creative works. I have recently found out that people can even pirate your fan fiction, which really surprised me, but it does happen. The best advice if you are going to create is to register it with the Copyright Office, get a patent, or if all else fails, register it with the Writers Guild of America ( WGA ). If you are going to create, protect. If you are going to use, don’t take. I will admit that I am not completely innocent of this crime. I have a few CDs that did not come from customary distribution, but I think that’s the case with a lot of people. Tell me you don’t have at least one burned CD in your collection, haha.
Thank you very much for reading, and for reading all my posts. I know my random musings can go to interesting places. Thank you for putting up with them. Fare thee well.