Piracy and Plagiarism in the Modern World

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Ever since man created the concept of “mine” and “yours” originality and plagiarism has always been an issue. Plagiarism is defined as a close imitation or an exact copy of a piece of work or idea. Many creative geniuses have fallen into oblivion because someone of higher status stole their product or idea and claimed it as their own. Piracy, on the other hand, is the illegal distribution of materials. Evil? Very. But it happens.

When I was still in elementary school whenever I hear the term “piracy” I automatically thought of Captain Hook and crocodiles. Then came Pirates of the Caribbean, whenever the news says something about pirates/piracy the first thing that comes to my mind is Captain Jack Sparrow even though I know now what they really mean. Suddenly it became cool to be a pirate. But Captain Jack Sparrow and his Black Pearl has little, or nothing, to do with this topic.

Piracy

by Fred Larksin

In today’s world, the wants and needs of people are starting to converge. Since the boom of the technological era technology has nearly become a necessity for most people. What was once a luxury has now almost become a need.

Almost all third world countries buy and sell pirated versions of branded bags and accessories, DVDs, game consoles, mobile phones, books, illegal music and movie downloads, and many more. Imagine buying a $13 DVD compared to its pirated version for only $1.50! There are even those that offer a 20 movies on 1 DVD. That’s just awesome sick! How do I know? *cough* I did my research!

Software Piracy

When it comes to software piracy, many people believe in sharing knowledge rather than charging money for it. They believe that it should be free and help enhance people’s lives. Now if only someone were to invent a way to do that. Oh my, have you just thought of Open Source? Cool, we’re thinking of the same thing!

Open Source programs and software are great, however there are certain things that aren’t open source that people still need, so why don’t people buy software?

Here are some reasons:

  • People think knowledge should be shared, not charged for.
  • Not enough money to buy. As I have mentioned, necessities and luxury have converged.
  • Someone uploads or distributes a copy without asking for anything in return. (This was debatable if it’s a case of piracy or not, since no money is involved. Debatable at least until the industry cried blood because the brains behind it can no longer pay their mortgages. )
  • They are a pirate, and pirates don’t obey any code except for the pirate’s code! Yarr!

    Entertainment

    Artists and musicians only make a little bit of money from CD sales, that just helps them achieve fame. Let me tell you baby, the Renaissance era is long gone when people were content to simply receive acclaim for what they’ve done. Right now, what matters is cash; even Justin Bieber won’t be happy if 500,000 of his fans download his albums via torrent or pirated CDs, even though he may only make a penny for each album sold.

    Gadgets and Accessories

    Some countries have managed to copy almost everything. There are already knock off Apple products, Nokia phones, and even books! The fake Nokia chargers for sale only last a month or so and even have fabricated quality seals!

    Plagiarism

    by Konrad Mostert

    This will be brief and hurtful: only losers plagiarize. People who claim a work to be their own when it isn’t are either desperate, lack the skills, or are after fame and money the easy way. People only tend to plagiarize an item/object if it’s either very popular, or an excellent product.

    Although some people plagiarize even if they have the skill, they still can’t compete with a critically acclaimed work. In this case they usually try to add slight changes, release it as their own, and use the fame of the original work until people find out and call them out on their shameful act.

    Graphics

    In terms of graphics, since the boom of themes and logos in the blogging community many graphic designers have done nothing more than plagiarize the popular sites, quite often copying their logo or theme almost exactly.

    Written Works

    Almost everything that has been written is being rewritten even as you read this. I’m pretty sure that this article itself has already been written in another language or in another way. The articles may be similar, but they’re not an exact copy of one another. In plagiarized written material, people either take the whole text or change some wording and then…you guessed it, claim it as their own.

    Looking closely, defining plagiarism will inevitably tackle the gray areas. Since plagiarism is also defined as taking someone else’s idea or words let me give you a concrete example:

    The famous Twilight saga: human girl falls in love with a vampire. There are also werewolves.

    The Vampire Diaries: human girl falls in love with a vampire. There are also werewolves.

    True Blood: human girl falls in love with a vampire. There are also werewolves.

    Same ideas. Heard of someone sue each other? I’m not an expert here, so if there’s anyone who is knowledgeable about this matter please get your hands on the keyboard and start commenting. We sure would want to read your ideas here. Then we’ll plagiarize it. Kidding.

    Another example is copying a blog post. Seriously, copy/paste! I’ve seen this with one of my articles here at 1WD copied by another blog word per word, the worst part is that they didn’t even give me or 1WD any credit. Sure makes me want to transform into a werewolf and bite that man’s head off. Kidding, just a bite.

    Software

    Same story as the above, only concealed through codes.

    Conclusion

    Whether you are for or against piracy and plagiarism, the two will always be a part of people’s lives. No matter how strict and carefully guarded the networks are to avoid internet piracy, crafty people will always find ways to beat the system. There is a good thing in this, the more your work is pirated or plagiarized, the more popular it gets. Only world-class materials are pirated, those that are superior to their competition. Same goes for plagiarism. So the next time you see your work being plagiarized and pirated, be proud before calling the authorities.

    Will piracy and plagiarism have an end? If not, where do you think it is headed?

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    Rean concurrently served as the Head of Operations and Editor-in-Chief of 1stwebdesigner from 2011 up until Aug 2014. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development with a little touch of internet marketing here and there.

    10 Comments Best Comments First
    • Dan

      Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 13:11

      8

      I am a Romanian guy who has been living in Vietnam since 2005. I will be short in my comment, I just want to give you few examples. Everywhere here you can buy Windows 7 for $1,5, Adobe Creative Suite for $1,2 (each software $1,2). Vietnam doesn’t have copyright law and authorities said that Vietnamese are too poor for a copyright law to be applied. Just Government Institutions (some of them, not all) have a license for Windows. You can buy whatever software you may imagine for $1.

      +1
    • Andy Reff

      Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 16:37

      2

      your conclusion is absolutely correct and even though it is kind of sad/funny, its on spot. everything is a copy or spin off of something that was their before it. people only want the best and if they can’t have the best, they will try to replicate it and make it themselves with their spin or twist.

      0
    • Renato Alves

      Thursday, March 10th, 2011 00:16

      4

      Here in Brazil software piracy is more common than the authorities think. They are trying everything they can to stop it, but as you wrote above, it is a thing not gonna disappear once in a while.

      And plagiarism is even more common on the internet, the web design niche is a plagiriasm place. There are several sites and blogs in portuguese that copy articles like this (when say copy, I mean ctrl c + ctrl v) and don’t give credit to the owner. They don’t even have the courage to put his own point of view in it and change a few words.

      The only thing we can do unfortunately is cope with it the best way we can.

      Thanks for bringing this issue up. :)

      0
    • Sherzod Shermukhamedov

      Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 14:32

      1

      You’re right! In my country (Uzbekistan) is delivered software piracy. People can’t buy original software (for example, Windows OS) for 100$ due to their low amount monthly pays. So one original disc is used for 50-60 computers.
      But it has another kind of piracy: plagiarism, in other words piracy of ideas!

      0
    • el

      Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 18:35

      3

      It’s unfortunate you’ve chosen to perpetuate the use of “piracy” to mean “copyright infringement.”

      Piracy, as we hear every week or so from the coast of Africa, is alive and well–and has nothing to do with software. Copyright infringement, on the other hand, is very much about so-called intellectual property.

      And, while the BSA and RIAA and MPAA like to misuse “piracy,” the rest of us should attempt to be accurate in our terminology.

      That said: Plagiarism is always immoral.

      0
    • Denz

      Friday, March 18th, 2011 03:41

      5

      This is part of the modern world… Everywhere is replicate of the original. Originals are expensive and not all can afford it that is why they go for replicas… Sad but true.

      0
    • Yuri

      Saturday, May 21st, 2011 04:07

      6

      This is the commonthing you will hear and see in our recent times and I don’t think authorities can do something to stop this… :C

      0
    • Tim

      Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 09:49

      9

      Hey everyone here’s the thing. I’ve recently been accused by my science teacher for plagiarising a whole introduction for a science report. The accusations include 90% of the work isn’t my own and he could tell this by using inverted comma’s for certain sentences and getting the paragraph. I’ve tried this and certain bits of information come up but not word for word or even resembling mine in sentence structure. Some info is the same because talking about the same topic and having different completely different words and such is impossible but i’m unsure what to do about this. Is having some info from different websites that are not copied perfectly or similar plagiarism?

      0
      • Rean John Uehara

        Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 11:30

        10

        Replacing a word with its synonym is still considered plagiarism. Here at 1stwebdesigner we do not tolerate “rewriting” articles. Rewriting means taking the whole text/article or a part of it and changing a few elements in it.

        For example:

        “Greetings, friends! I have been accused for plagiarising a the introduction of my science report by my teacher. He says 90% of the work is plagiarized, and he could tell this by using inverted comma’s for certain sentences and getting the paragraph.”

        0
    • Cadie

      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 02:12

      7

      This is something that is becoming common and nobody can stop this…

      0
    • Tim

      Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 09:49

      9

      Hey everyone here’s the thing. I’ve recently been accused by my science teacher for plagiarising a whole introduction for a science report. The accusations include 90% of the work isn’t my own and he could tell this by using inverted comma’s for certain sentences and getting the paragraph. I’ve tried this and certain bits of information come up but not word for word or even resembling mine in sentence structure. Some info is the same because talking about the same topic and having different completely different words and such is impossible but i’m unsure what to do about this. Is having some info from different websites that are not copied perfectly or similar plagiarism?

      0
      • Rean John Uehara

        Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 11:30

        10

        Replacing a word with its synonym is still considered plagiarism. Here at 1stwebdesigner we do not tolerate “rewriting” articles. Rewriting means taking the whole text/article or a part of it and changing a few elements in it.

        For example:

        “Greetings, friends! I have been accused for plagiarising a the introduction of my science report by my teacher. He says 90% of the work is plagiarized, and he could tell this by using inverted comma’s for certain sentences and getting the paragraph.”

        0
    • Dan

      Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 13:11

      8

      I am a Romanian guy who has been living in Vietnam since 2005. I will be short in my comment, I just want to give you few examples. Everywhere here you can buy Windows 7 for $1,5, Adobe Creative Suite for $1,2 (each software $1,2). Vietnam doesn’t have copyright law and authorities said that Vietnamese are too poor for a copyright law to be applied. Just Government Institutions (some of them, not all) have a license for Windows. You can buy whatever software you may imagine for $1.

      +1
    • Cadie

      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 02:12

      7

      This is something that is becoming common and nobody can stop this…

      0
    • Yuri

      Saturday, May 21st, 2011 04:07

      6

      This is the commonthing you will hear and see in our recent times and I don’t think authorities can do something to stop this… :C

      0
    • Denz

      Friday, March 18th, 2011 03:41

      5

      This is part of the modern world… Everywhere is replicate of the original. Originals are expensive and not all can afford it that is why they go for replicas… Sad but true.

      0
    • Renato Alves

      Thursday, March 10th, 2011 00:16

      4

      Here in Brazil software piracy is more common than the authorities think. They are trying everything they can to stop it, but as you wrote above, it is a thing not gonna disappear once in a while.

      And plagiarism is even more common on the internet, the web design niche is a plagiriasm place. There are several sites and blogs in portuguese that copy articles like this (when say copy, I mean ctrl c + ctrl v) and don’t give credit to the owner. They don’t even have the courage to put his own point of view in it and change a few words.

      The only thing we can do unfortunately is cope with it the best way we can.

      Thanks for bringing this issue up. :)

      0
    • el

      Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 18:35

      3

      It’s unfortunate you’ve chosen to perpetuate the use of “piracy” to mean “copyright infringement.”

      Piracy, as we hear every week or so from the coast of Africa, is alive and well–and has nothing to do with software. Copyright infringement, on the other hand, is very much about so-called intellectual property.

      And, while the BSA and RIAA and MPAA like to misuse “piracy,” the rest of us should attempt to be accurate in our terminology.

      That said: Plagiarism is always immoral.

      0
    • Andy Reff

      Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 16:37

      2

      your conclusion is absolutely correct and even though it is kind of sad/funny, its on spot. everything is a copy or spin off of something that was their before it. people only want the best and if they can’t have the best, they will try to replicate it and make it themselves with their spin or twist.

      0
    • Sherzod Shermukhamedov

      Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 14:32

      1

      You’re right! In my country (Uzbekistan) is delivered software piracy. People can’t buy original software (for example, Windows OS) for 100$ due to their low amount monthly pays. So one original disc is used for 50-60 computers.
      But it has another kind of piracy: plagiarism, in other words piracy of ideas!

      0

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