When music piracy became a serious issue
The then U.S. President George Bush signed a law that allowed for up to three years in prison for anyone that pirated music or films on the Internet.
A general definition of Music Piracy is the copying and distributing of copies of a piece of music for which the composer, recording artist, or copyright-holding record company did not give consent.
Copyright infringement, especially in the cases that involving the piracy of music, is one of the most frequently topic discussed in the pubic debate.
Napster brought to light this controversy, copyright infringement is a civil wrong and, under certain circumstances, even a crime in many countries.
With rhe curent development of newer technology, it’s much easier for people have access to the piracy process, it became a common behavior by the Internet’s users.
In face of the growing encroachment on potential sales from internet piracy, industry associations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have lobbied for stricter laws and stricter punishment of those breaking copyright law.
The RIAA’s statement says:
“We work closely with our member record companies to ensure that fans, parents, students, and others in the business have the tools and the resources they need to make the right listening, purchasing and technical decisions. We also work hard to protect artists and the music community from music theft.”