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What is piracy?
Piracy is the duplication of an original material for commercial gain without the consent of the rights owner. Unauthorized use of material that is covered by copyright law, in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works.
A short story about Piracy :
  • Mr. A investes his savings into his dream movie project "Meri Choti se Sapana"
  • Mr. A savings where not enough and borrowed money from Bank "Its your Money but"
  • Mr. A still need money and went to Mr. fat to borrow money at heavy Interest.
  • Mr. A hired 250 employees with big director Mr.Me and big hero Mr.Hero and big heroine Mr. Lovely.
  • Mr. A completed his project and released to market with huge expectations.
  • Mr. A came to know that movie is super hit.
  • Mr. cheat made the movie available at high quality DVDs/CDs/what not and sold for cheap prices.
  • Finally Mr. A got half of his investment.
  • How will Mr. A pay to Bank, Mr. Fat, 250 employees and .......
  • Is it not Indirectly effected to Us.
Every country is closing there fist to fight against Piracy and bringing new laws against illegal sites. Let's raise our hand and join our voice to fight piracy. May tomorrow your needed ones find job or gain business.
Copyright infringement. Basic Concepts
Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works that build upon it. There are many different ways copyright owners may find their copyright has been infringed. For example, in the film and music industry, infringing activities include the following:
Where recordings are made of live performances without the performers consent; Bootleg recordings are musical recordings that have not been officially released by the artist or their associated management or production companies. They may consist of demos, out takes or other studio material, or of illicit recordings of live performances. Music enthusiasts may use the term "bootleg" to differentiate these otherwise unavailable recordings from "pirated" copies of commercially released material, but these recordings are still protected by copyright despite their lack of formal release, and their distribution is still against the law. The slang term bootleg (derived from the use of the shank of a boot for the purposes of smuggling) is often used to describe illicitly copied material.
The illegal copying of music products that have been released without permission from the copyright owner. Common ways this is done are by copying music onto or from a cassette, CD, a hard drive or the Internet. Pirate products are not necessarily packaged in the same way as the original, as opposed to counterfeit products (see below);
Involves duplication of both the music product and of its packaging. For this reason unwitting buyers are less able to recognise counterfeit copies than is the case with some pirate copies.
Is theft of another person's writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when someone steals expressions from another author's composition and makes them appear to be his own work. Plagiarism is not a legal term; however, it is often used in lawsuits. Courts recognize acts of plagiarism as violations of copyright law, specifically as the theft of another creator's intellectual property. Because copyright law allows a variety of creative works to be registered as the property of their owners, lawsuits alleging plagiarism can be based on the appropriation of any form of writing, music, and visual images
About illegal copying

Virtually everyone dealing with music piracy knows that it is illegal, but why it is illegal is not so well understood. The answer lies primarily in the way that copyright laws apply to music. To ensure there are proper incentives for companies to continue investing in the creation, production, promotion and marketing of sound recordings, international treaties and national laws grant producers of sound recordings various rights in those recordings.

These rights include the exclusive right to commercially copy the recordings and to distribute/import/export those copies. Depending on the country you live in, these rights may be called copyrights, or 'related' or 'neighbouring' rights. These are separate to any rights that may subsist in the music or the lyrics that are being recorded.

It is these rights that enable law enforcement bodies to take criminal action against those who copy and distribute music without the permission of the record companies that invested in producing it. They also allow record producers to take civil actions to recover compensation for damages suffered as a result of music piracy. While there are often other laws or regulations that are broken by music pirates (eg. tax laws, trademark laws), the rights of music producers under copyright or related/neighbouring rights laws are the fundamental basis for the illegality of music piracy.

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