What is online piracy?
Online Piracy refers to the illegal copying of licensed and copyrighted content from the internet. Pirated content is usually distributed across different platforms and shared amongst friends, family members and more. Yes, sharing is caring, but only when it’s yours to share.
How has online piracy affected Australians?
Following the season finale of Game of Thrones last year, it was brought to attention that Australia was extremely active in online piracy. The Australian economy and Creative Content Industry have especially been affected, due to the easiness of pirating films, TV shows and music. In 2010, pirating amounted to a loss of $900 million to the Australian content industry and a loss of 8000 in jobs (Sphere Analysis 2011). This is projected to increase to a loss of $5.2billion and 40 000 jobs by the end of 2016 (Sphere Analysis 2011).
What does this mean for us?
It is clear that online piracy has become a serious problem in the Australian society. If our creative industries are to continue creating content that we enjoying watching and engaging in, they have to be funded somehow. If we want bread, we pay for it. If we want milk we pay for it. If we want films, music, TV shows, why aren’t we paying for it?
It’s time to combat piracy and save creativity.