The above chart shows that internet piracy has penetrated in almost all types of digital data. Music files are the ones which were first subjected to this unlawful act. Many file sharing software came in market in early 1990’s which were designed for the transfer of .mp3 files. Apart of music, internet piracy includes pornography, games, software, movies and television shows. Pornography and movie piracy are the most frequent kinds of piracy. Afterwards TV shows, games, software and e–books have their share in pirated items over internet. In case of software piracy, people often buy software without knowing that it is a pirated copy. It is difficult to control or stop internet piracy but government of Australia and many other states are working on their policies to stop this illegal act. Peer to peer sharing is the emerging cause of increasing internet piracy. In peer to peer sharing there is no specific host. Users or subscribers share among themselves. It is easy, fast and convenient way to share large files. There are many websites offering peer to peer sharing service to internet users. Some of the famous websites doing this are Bittorent, the Pirate Bay and others. These websites allow swapping of movies, TV shows, ebooks, software and other material of large sizes available in digital format.
Pros of Internet Piracy
Despite of the fact that it is illegal and unlawful, internet piracy serves many users around the world with many advantages. Some of the most prominent benefits availed by common people are discussed in this report.