The Information Age has led to an unprecedented amount of information access—even when that information belongs to someone else. Online piracy includes distribution of music, television shows, video games, books, and more, but current laws on this copyright infringement are often difficult to enforce.
In the wake of the controversy over anti-piracy bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act, as well as the shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload, Juniata students give their opinions on Internet piracy:
Abbey Servello ’14, Altoona, Pa.:
Pirates basically just abuse people who do artistic things because they don’t value it. Stealing does not show respect to the people involved.
Laws like SOPA are not good things. I mean, piracy is going to happen anyway. I don’t think there should be government attempts to limit the Internet.
Robert Draham ’13, Port Republic, Md.:
Among my friends, I am probably the only person who actually buys music for my iPod. But music sharing has been around forever, with mix tapes and everything, and people don’t get all up in arms about that.
I feel that companies do have a right to their copyright, but there shouldn’t be laws restricting access to information.
Jewel Daniels ’13, Bloomfield, NJ:
I have a friend who says she is an expert pirater. I haven’t asked her for anything, but anything you want, she can get. She doesn’t really care. She doesn’t think that anything is going to happen to her.
~Laura Bitely ’14, Juniata Online Journalist