Week 5

Global Content

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to piracy. To some people it is simply to download music or a movie off the internet, to others it is a serious issue. Copyright, and internet laws differ in every country, it differs all around the world. “As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Shanghai, behind the Great Firewall of China. Theoretically, I can’t access blogging services that carry negative accounts of Beijing’s doings, like Wordpress, Blogspot and Livejournal, nor the image-sharing site Flickr, nor Wikipedia.” (Doctorow, 2007)

In reality, there is a lot of work that goes into those movies and songs some of us choose to download. When people buy music, when people buy TV shows, they are supporting the work of artists and actors in the performing arts all around the world. But the question is, if we are not allowed to download music and movies for free, will we buy it? Will we buy a movie or buy an album when we have free trial streaming services for music or movies? The truth behind it all is that we would probably still rather pay for Netflix, Spotify or Apple Music instead of singling out a specific movie or album. “Everytime a PC is connected to the Internet and its owner is taught to use search tools like Google (or The Pirate Bay), a third option appears: you can just download a copy from the Internet.” (Doctorow, 2007)


Doctorow, C 2007, Free data sharing is here to stay, The Guardian, Retrieved 21 September, 2015, <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2007/sep/18/informationeconomy>

Doctorow, C 2013, Science Weekly podcast: Cory Doctorow on an internet that sets us free, The Guardian, Retrieved 21 September, 2015, <http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2013/may/20/podcast-science-weekly-senseaboutscience-doctorow>