The Making, Selling and Distribution of – Illegal Copies of Movies / Music / Software / Fake Counterfeit Merchandise.
The sale of Illegal copies or downloads of CD’s and DvD’s containing music, movies, or software, as well as the prolific sale of fake or counterfeit goods, is inextricably linked to organised crime, people trafficking, prostitution, drug dealing and terrorism. Don’t become an unwitting supporter of these illicit and often dangerous organisations. buy only from legitimate sources
Copyright infringements and piracy are not victimless crimes as many people think; the true victims are the creators, designers, the authors, composers, songwriters, film makers and investors. Without these individuals there would never be anything new.
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Virtually everyone knows that it is illegal to copy and distribute movies music and software but the reasons why it is illegal are not so well understood. The answers lie primarily in the way that copyright laws apply to movies, music and software.
To ensure there are proper incentives for companies and individuals to continue investing in the creation, production, promotion and marketing of software, film and sound recordings, international treaties and national laws grant the creators and producers of software, film and sound recordings various rights.
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 ‘neighboring’ 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 software, movies and music without the permission of the companies or individuals that invested in producing it. They also allow record and film producers to take civil actions to recover compensation for damages suffered as a result of movie and music piracy. While there are often other laws or regulations that are broken by movie music and software pirates (eg. tax laws, trademark laws), the rights of movie music and software producers under copyright or related/neighboring rights laws are the fundamental basis for the illegality of such piracy.
The basic concepts of copyright infringement and intellectual property theft
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:
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.
A counterfeit is an imitation. usually one that is made with the intent of fraudulently passing it off as genuine. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the established worth of the imitated product.
Forgery is the process of making, adapting, or imitating objects, statistics, or documents with the intent to deceive. The similar crime of fraud is the crime of deceiving another, including through the use of objects obtained through forgery. When we speak of forgery we usually refer to money, paintings or documentation such as ID, diplomas or passports.
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.
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
Trade marks are symbols (like logos and brand names) that distinguish goods and services in the marketplace. If someone deliberately uses your registered trade mark, without your knowledge or consent, they may be guilty of the crime of counterfeiting
A patent is an intellectual property right. granted by a country’s government as a territorial right for a limited period. Patent rights make it illegal for anyone except the owner or someone with the owner’s permission to make, use, import or sell the invention in the country where the patent was granted Patents protect the features and processes that make things work. This lets inventors profit from their inventions. Patents generally cover products or processes that contain ‘new’ functional or technical aspects.
They are primary concerned with:
- how things work:
- how they are made:
- what they are made of:
Some persons mark articles sold with the terms Patent Applied For or Patent Pending. These phrases have no legal effect, but only give information that an application for patent has been filed in the Patent and Trademark Office. The protection afforded by a patent does not start until the actual grant of the patent.
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