Internet is probably one of the best gifts of invention to the world that allows everyone to connect together, sharing information and providing abundance of learning resources for all. Be it from movie, music, software, game, tutorials and just about anything that you can see from your monitor and hear from the speaker is up on the internet for your pick. It is believed that anyone who was born after the 80s have a fair opportunity to be part of the fast pacing internet world that have an acceptable computer literacy and the ability to utilize the internet for self-improvement. These overly flowing resources are however not very rewarding to the production industries as these ‘free’ resources have put the rights of sharing on the internet questionable.
Because the internet community is rapidly growing and advancing in tremendous speed, people find it more and more convenient to thoughtlessly get what they want without considering consequences of piracy. Any knowledgeable geek would generally agree that downloading materials online are much easier than leaving the house to spend the time and money to purchase something that can be downloaded online in the same quality. Learning resources are especially a demanding resource that many crave upon.
Software like P2P (peer-to-peer file sharing) is known for the largest distributor of data on the internet (both legal and illegal). Transferring from large gigabyte of files to small kilobyte files, it is estimated to have covered 60% of daily internet traffic. So would it be possible for the resources to be legitimated and have people pay for every video, music, software, etc they download and to create a fair system for the production industry?
Most products that are accessible as a softcopy to be viewed and played on the computer are at risk for losing buyers. Mega torrent sites that position themselves as a ‘sharing community’ dodges most punishable law for piracy. The files are usually bought legally from the internet by an individual, but the mass distribution of the data violates the copyrights. Today, most sharing torrent have also been marginalized to private torrent sites.
Many developers have tried different methods to prevent the duplication and the distribution of intangible products. Such as providing live streaming videos as opposed to downloadable videos tutorials and creating special code for product registration upon purchase for verification on future support. These algorithm and procedure have shown effectiveness in minimizing the rate of online piracy and to safeguard the originality of each product. So if you are selling intangible products online, you might want to try google your product and see if it has already been widely available for free download!