Digital Policing


The monitoring organization known as the Recording Industry Association of America or the RIAA supports and promotes creative and financial vitality of the major music companies.
Downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally – and without any compensation to all the people who helped to create that song and bring it to fans – is devastating.
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Music theft is a real, ongoing and evolving challenge. Both the volume of music acquired illegally and the resulting drop in revenues are staggering. Digital sales, while on the rise, are not making up the difference.
-In the decade since peer-to-peer (p2p) file-sharing site Napster emerged in 1999, music sales in the U.S. have dropped 47 percent, from $14.6 billion to $7.7 billion.
-According to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, the digital theft of music, movies and copyrighted content takes up huge amounts of Internet bandwidth – 24 percent globally, and 17.5 percent in the U.S.
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While the music business has increased its digital revenues by 1,000 percent from 2004 to 2010, digital music theft has been a major factor behind the overall global market decline of around 31 percent in the same period.
Downloading music from P2P sites such as LimeWire, BitTorrent and many more are illegal and will remain illegal; these sites are being continuously monitored by the RIAA and notices are sent to the ISPs when there is a detection of illegal file-sharing activity.
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Organizations such as the RIAA and the MPAA are both investing huge sums of time and money into investigating the online sharing of illegally reproduced copies of copyright material.
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Types of Content theft: According to MPAA
-Camcorder theft: where a single camcorder can be used to record the movie in the cinema and then distribute the copy online. Any reproduction of the video or audio from the movie is a violation of copyright laws
-Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Theft: A peer-to-peer (P2P) network is a system that enables Internet users through the exchange of digital files among individual computers or "peers" to (1) make files (including movies and music) stored on their computer available for copying by other users; (2) search for files stored on other users’ computers; and (3) transfer exact copies of files from one computer to another
-Streaming Theft: Streaming refers to a form of online content theft that allows users to view unauthorized copyrighted motion picture and television content on demand, without downloading the illegal file.
-OPTICAL DISC THEFT: also known as "bootlegging" — is the illegal manufacturing, sale and/or distribution of movies in hard copy or disc format.