DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know the harmful effects of digital piracy is still expected to worsen in the future? Non-profit archive sites like The Internet Archive and ArchiveIt.Org are allowed only to archive their copies of books, movies, music, television shows, but downloading them from the sites makes it an online crime. Yes, downloading movies for free is a crime! Even websites which offer to stream or watch new movies at home (still in theaters) is piracy. Moreover, free movies sites and applications can only allow the legal downloading of content that is already considered public domain, or material that they have secured permission to share to the public. Because of this, the latest content procured from archive sites is still considered pirated, which is critically harmful to the industry, particularly in show business.
According to Digital TV Research, the television and movie industry will take the brunt of the financial losses caused by intensified pirating of content online, as the visual entertainment industry is expected to suffer a whopping $52 billion loss in potential revenue. The study was based on numerous factors, including the skyrocketing of piracy-related losses from $6.7 billion in 2010 to $31.8 billion six years later. Do you want to do your part? Well, you are on the right page! You won’t probably get to see the latest episode of your favorite show or the freshest installment in that awaited superhero movie franchise, but you can find hundreds of other good shows and your conscience will be in one piece!