Government Regulations Aspect

It is important to implement the current copyright law to efficiently protect the music industry from online pirates. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke showed his strong opposition against music piracy and he identified online copyright infringement as a growing threat (Kravets, 2010). As a result, the Commerce Department is working on new policies to administer online copyright violations.

South Korea is the first government that came up with an official policy to tighten copyright laws and enforce harsher punishment such as cutting the pirates’ internet service. The new copyright laws allow media firms to demand that Internet service providers send warnings to music pirates. Ignoring three consecutive warnings will result in Internet disconnection. The new law is usually referred to “three strikes” law because of the number of warnings. Consequently, France adopted similar copyright law which is sometimes called graduated-response policies.

After adopting the pioneering law, music sales in Korea rose by more than 10% in 2009, to $159 million (Borthakur, 2010). This is a good indication showing that the new law works. But the question remains whether these graduated-response policies can be applied in countries that have bigger music industries such as United States and Japan. Regardless, United Kingdom, the third biggest music industry, and New Zealand have proposed new copyright bills for adoption in 2010 (McGuinness, 2010). Apparently, there are some governments that recognize the necessary of legislative supports and take music industry’ side to fight against the pirates.

Law makers might need to come up with harsher punishment for these pirates. Otherwise, illegal file-sharing remains a unresolvable issues. Suppose that one day, there is no online piracy originated from North America,  law makers still need to deal with pirates coming from the outside.

For more information:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/ifpi-music-piracy-hurts-us-but-fighting-it-is-governments-job.ars

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