In today’s digital world, consumers no longer have a difficult time finding answers. This is not only limited to basic questions, but even those that the previous generations could’ve found only in pricey books. While this has made the lives of people a whole lot easier, technology also made it easier for a certain form of theft to become even more rampant.
Copyright infringement has turned into such a huge problem that anyone who publishes original content, whether online or offline, runs the risk of suffering from piracy.
Between 2010 and 2012, the rate of infringing video stream consumption has gone up 470%. Between 2013 and 2014, court records reveal that the number of copyright filings has increased by 10.2%. The first quarter of 2015 already saw the filing of 904 suits. Overall, three-fifths of all cases involving copyright litigation are from online file sharing. This doesn’t even begin to paint the entire picture.
The Huge Impact on Creators
Imagine how it feels when someone steals something you own. Scary right? When this possession is something you worked hard for, it can have a devastating effect.
From writers to photographers to musicians to artists – anyone who creates and becomes a victim of infringement – may feel traumatized that they no longer want to create anything anymore. As it has become so easy to steal someone’s creation and make it appear like the thefts created it themselves, many creators have started losing their incentive and motivation to come up with new expressions.
Violating Copyright Laws
Copyright violation laws differ from country to country, but in the United States, those found guilty of this crime can face not only fines, but also injunction, prison time, and financial restitution.
All in all, infringing on someone else’s copyrights can lead to a world of hurt, especially for the owner. So learn about the laws to avoid committing this crime yourself.