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Is Piracy Theft? About Anonymous Ip Addresses And VPN Services Online
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There has be great debates in many Internet-developed countries about the meaning of piracy, how it compares to theft, and whether downloading torrents and file sharing should be illegal. The questionability of this activity has left many users using VPNs and proxies to get access to an anonymous IP address to file share online. Should you do the same?

Piracy can mean a lot of things. On the open seas, it was the plundering ships, robbing of gold, and all that other stuff that comes with being a pirate. Now, copying a cd and giving it to a friend is called piracy, and it's starting to come with just as much of a negative connotation as being a pirate 500 years ago did. But are the two related? Is Internet piracy, ie the copying of music and media online for sharing with other users the same as stealing someone's gold?

The entertainment industry would say yes. Musicians, actors, writers, and software/game developers spend thousands of hours making these products. When you get them online for free, its just the same as stealing the money out of their pocket. Every product has its price, and something didn't come from nothing. How would you feel if you wrote a song and tried to sell it, and no one would buy it, but everyone could download it for free? Probably like you'd been robbed.

But the torrent community says differently. Copying something is different from stealing it, because the original exists. Many times, the format is changed from the original. When you copy music, quality is decreased. When you copy movies, you can't always get them to play on all you players. There are disadvantages to copying, and most users who copy stuff, wouldn't spend the money to buy it anyway. It helps get artists exposure, and the Internet isn't the only source of revenue for musicians, software developers, and movie makers/actors. There is still a huge market for the cinema, console games, radio, music clubs, live concerts, and other events.

After browsing a couple of blogs, I've run into hundreds of different analogies about what copying music can be compared to. Some compare it to stealing electricity, others compare it to getting a massage and running away before paying. Some say it's like it's like sitting in the cinema without paying, and others say its just like listening to someone and repeating what they say - after all, they're not recreating anything and all the proper people still get credit (so how can it be copyright infringement?).

Whatever your opinion on the matter is, the idea of theft of intellectual property, copyright infringement, Internet piracy, and other topics related to the download of media online through torrent communities is a very gray area of the law in many countries. Still worse, most downloaders don't pay attention to what they download online. It's best to get an anonymous IP address through VPN providers, and stay hidden online regardless of what your online downloading habits are. Paying Ten bucks a month for a VPN service can give you the ease of mind that the government isn't tracking your IP address and you won't be paying 60 thousand dollars in lawyer fees down the road somewhere because you weren't clear about who owned what you downloaded.


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