How are businesses impacted or affected by pirate websites?
Piracy is a form of theft. The pirates of old boarded merchant ships and took whatever they pleased. In modern parlance, though, piracy usually refers to theft of intellectual property. This includes all types of digital materials, such as illegally copied software programs, ebooks, movies and music.
The impact of piracy on businesses can be substantial, both on the intellectual property owner who loses income and on the distributors and users of pirated materials.
The Effects of Software Piracy:
A common view of software piracy portrays piracy as downloading commercial programs without payment, possibly from sketchy websites filled with viruses. In fact, illegal downloads cover only one angle of piracy. Buying duplicated copies of a program or sharing a program with a friend can count as piracy, as installing a program on multiple computers simultaneously often violates the program's license agreement. Whether performed on an individual scale or across a huge corporation, using unlicensed or improperly licensed programs can lead to civil or criminal punishment for copyright infringement.
The Disadvantages of Software Piracy
Software piracy is the unauthorized installation or illegal copying of software. It affects everyone. Prices for software increase, because developers need to make a living. People who work with software also charge more to pay for the extra costs. These costs are passed on to the public, which pays more to benefit from what the software produces.
Expenses Passed Along
We also need more attention from Google, which holds a monopoly on the internet search market. Currently, Google will flag pirate sites after thousands of downloads or complaints. But, they make no effort to favor authorized copyright holders or trusted sources in their algorithm. Instead, Google crawls the Pirate Bay and other known copyright thieves every day to ensure that content can be found. Google enables this game of whack-a-mole that places a huge, unreasonable burden on the copyright holder. Google works with many of our members to take down pirated content, but they can and should do more.