2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Theory of Modern Piracy: Streaming Services and the DMCA
Ramya C. Mogallapu*, Jonathan P. Rogers, and Lillian H. Brink
Dr. David Gillette, Faculty Mentor

Internet piracy is a relatively recent phenomenon where individuals access copyrighted materials in an unlicensed manner by going to websites which host the illegal material for free. To counter digital piracy, the government drafted legislation and attempted to crackdown on people accessing pirated media. However, despite the best efforts of both the government and the MPAA, digital piracy continues to be a popular way of accessing media. Further, the data show that piracy is becoming even more popular as younger generations, less inhibited by moral qualms, gain greater access to the internet. Our paper analyzes internet piracy, how the government solutions of yesterday fail to curtail piracy, and how modern free market solutions such as streaming services and licensing may provide a better avenue for getting content to consumers legally.

Keywords: Piracy, Netflix, Movies, Applied Economics, DMCA, Streaming Services, Internet, Torrenting

Topic(s):Economics
Computer Science
Art - Visual Communications

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 103-2
Location: BH 212
Time: 8:45

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