Online Piracy

Online Piracy

Communications Online Piracy

1.0 Introduction

In 1998 a software program by the name of Napster appeared on the internet that allowed its users to trade music online. This program moved from it’s mainly university distribution to commuters around the globe and a piracy ring developed at a phenomenal rate almost over night. In only months the program had become the most downloaded software on the internet and billions of pirated songs were being switched daily. This essay will look at the rise of Pear to Pear (P2P) software programs. It will also look at phenomenal rate at which internet piracy has grown and how it has brought a multi billion dollar industry to its knees.

This essay will be comprised of 3 sections.
First the evolution of internet piracy and will be explained and how the technology works.
This section will look at the rise and fall of the Napster software and the rise to stardom of other software’s that took its place. An analysis will be preformed that will describe how the fast paced technology market has aided in the phenomenal increase of online piracy as well as a brief description of how the technology works.

An assessment of what is being done to combat this piracy and the devastating effects the piracy has had on the entertainment industry will also be preformed. This will look at ways the entertainment industry is combating the fast growing piracy and will analyze how effective each strategy has been.

In the final section of this essay solutions that can be implemented to control piracy and slow its growth will be examined. This section of the report will investigate technologies that have been developed and how they can be employed to save an industry that is loosing billions of dollars each year to the consumers that steal its products.

2.0 Evolution of P2P software programs

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