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Copyright and Piracy

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Digital Piracy

A huge amount of information can be found on the Internet, but that doesn’t mean that it is free to copy. The law of copyright also applies to the Internet, and most individual works found online are protected. Digital copyrights can be hard to understand because they are different in different countries and the laws that relate to digital piracy and copyrighting are changing. As a consumer of digital media, it is important that you understand what sort of distribution is allowed and what the Copyright Act says about it.

In general, it can be a copyright violation to download, upload, or distribute copyrighted material through the Internet without having authorization. Backing up files for personal use and copying legally acquired music to a digital player may be okay, but you cannot copy someone else’s intellectual property for the purposes of distribution. For example, it’s okay to back up the contents of a music CD, home recording of TV episodes for later viewing, or copy legally acquired music to a digital player for your personal use. However, you cannot take something like a song or a TV show and put it on the Internet for others to watch — that is distribution and sharing online work in this way is digital piracy.

Last reviewed date: 2018/ Dec