Published by Christine Zafra on 29 Mar 2008
Peer-to-peer sharing of files is killing the music industry slowly AND surely. Not only the music industry but also that of the movie, publishing and other industries affected by it. With the boom of the internet, people are now more “free” to share files online in a matter of seconds.
Limewire probably is everyone’s favorite for small-file sharing. You can download the program over the internet for free and log on to their servers (Gnutella) and start downloading and/or sharing files. For large scale downloads such as movies and the like, different torrent programs are available too over the internet.
There is a thin line between piracy and personal use when it comes to peer-to-peer file sharing. Some say that if you are to use the file only for yourself, then you are not committing any kind of copyright infringement. But the fight over the term “piracy” starts when one burns (technical term for copying CD contents with the use of a CD writer) a CD full of song compilations and gives that CD to someone as a gift. Some say that as long as the person did not give that CD in exchange for money, then he/she is cleared of piracy, however, some say otherwise.
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has already sued a number of file sharing programs such as KaZaA, Limewire and Grokster for violating copyright laws.
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