Movie piracy has and will severely devastate the movie industry if there aren’t solutions soon. The movie industry is very crucial to our economy. Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter believes that “With intellectual property contributing over $5 trillion to our national economy, it is one of our most valuable assets and we must protect it.” He believes that the government should help pass laws that help protect people’s copyrights. Another US senator also has similar thoughts
“American businesses lose $250 billion every year, and we have lost more than 750,000 jobs because of intellectual property theft.” (Leahy, Patrick, and Arlen Specter)
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has very similar thoughts about copyright. Many large movie producing industries and theater owners are now trying to figure out good ways that will eliminate the piracy of movies as well as trying to pass more laws that will protect the companies (Movie Theft).
Many laws are in place that forbid the illegal downloading and watching of pirated movies. There are many laws that go into place now that help ensure the reduction in the number of pirated movies, but these laws can’t protect against everything on the internet. A law that helps reduce the amount of pirated items, protects the copyrights that companies have, and increases the punishment for pirating. This main law is the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal. “The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment” (FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal). To me, these consequences aren’t worth watching an illegally downloaded movie. Many movie-making companies are trying to find a way that eliminates movie piracy. There is very innovative and cool that a young girl is trying to figure out a way to stop these pirates. She has made LED lights that go behind the theater screen and are invisible to the eye of a moviegoer. If they are recorded with a camera, there will be multiple lights of different colors that interfere with the quality of the recorded movie (Sid Perkins).
Some people may argue that movie piracy is ok to pirate because it promotes the viewing or buying of the product. An author placed a product free to the world and experienced a 300% increase in sales. “It allows people who would never have been exposed to your work to sample it, leading to legitimate sales among audiences that otherwise would know little or nothing about you” (David DiSalvo). A legal alternative that also promotes the watching of movies is Netflix. Netflix allows for a person to watch an enormous amount of movies all for one very low cost. Netflix doesn’t allow for the watching of the newest releases. There are ways to watch the more popular and newer movies. One solution that many of us know about is to go to the movie theater. This usually is a more expensive path, but allows for the seeing of the newest movies.
Movie piracy is very damaging to the industry because it is taking jobs from Americans and is costing the economy a large amount of money. Movie piracy can potentially be a very dangerous road. It allows for pirates to watch movies for free, but there are large repercussions if caught pirating goods. There are becoming more and more ways to watch your favorite movies especially with the rise of technology. In the end, I wouldn’t recommend pirating a movie because you could get a hefty fine and would be worth renting the movie or going to a theater because it puts more back into the movie making industry so your favorite movies will continue to be produced.