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PIRACY IN THE PHILIPPINES; A THREAT TO OUR ECONOMY ?

Nowadays, it is possible to acquire an imitation of anything. From watches to designer bags, anything can be replicated. With the help of globalization and technology, anyone can get their hands on whatsoever, especially pirated DVDs. Although the government has thoroughly expressed themselves about the consequences of piracy through advertisements, nothing has been done to address this matter. Yes, we are all aware that piracy is a crime and it is synonymous to theft, but in times wherein everything is expensive, there’s nothing like a pirated DVD movie to entertain the masses. According to bbc.co.uk, DVD piracy happens when a healthy black market (illegal selling of goods, usually in flea markets) makes unofficial copies of the films being sold without permission. These DVDs usually go on sale before the film has its official DVD release, and often before it has even come out in cinemas in some countries. In the same site, the crudest and most common method is to film a movie from the audience with a camcorder during an early press release. Sometimes, camcorders are placed in...... DVDs are a prime candidate for piracy, with a 2008 study by Furturesource Consulting finding that one-third of respondents have made illegal copies of movies.

Large-scale piracy is also an issue for the movie industry, with unauthorized copies of current theatrical, television and DVD releases sold to consumers, only some of whom know what they're actually buying.

What does piracy really means? Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. The term can include acts committed on land, in the air, or in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). The term has been used throughout history to refer to raids across land borders by non-state agents.

Piracy is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of States. It is distinguished from privateering, which is authorized by national authorities and therefore a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors.

Privateering is considered commerce raiding, and was outlawed by the Peace of Westphalia (1648) for signatories to those treaties.

Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates (Freebooter.) Historically, offenders have usually been apprehended by military personnel and tried by military tribunals.

In the 21st century, the international community is facing many problems in bringing pirates to justice

Dealing with copyright issues can be tricky as far as personal entertainment is concerned. You download an entire music album using peer-to-peer(P2P) sharing because you cannot afford the original CD or you don’t want to spend anything for music. You buy a cheap, pirated copy of a film because you missed out the movie or because you cannot find a copy of the original DVD. Better yet, you download a movie from the Internet for free to budget your limited allowance. And you know you’re not alone in downloading free content illegally.

On a larger scale, most Filipinos who are unemployed or live below the poverty line cannot afford original and expensive copies of film DVDs, music CDs, software, and most educational materials. Even those who can afford original materials usually choose the pirated versions to cut down personal or business expenses. There are companies that buy legitimate software for use in hundreds of computers of their employees. However there are the content makers who lose money because of piracy, such as the film and movie industry.

Government statistician Gerald Clarino admits that pirated copies of DVDs are sold in the streets on the same...
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