Sometimes people download digital products illegally or watch or listen to illegal copies of creative works online via streaming services. These are products we are meant to pay for but we try to get them for free. Or we buy copies cheaper than the original. These illegal copies are called ‘pirate copies’ and those who create them are involved in ‘piracy’. Some people call this “copyright theft”, because the artists lose out. To help you think about this more deeply, discuss the following questions with a partner:
a) Has a friend ever copied your schoolwork or your answers in a test? If so, how did this make you feel?
b) Have you ever copied someone else’s? If so, why did you do it? How did it make you feel?
c) Do you think it’s ever acceptable to copy someone else’s work pretending it’s your own? If not, why do people do it?
d) What would be more embarrassing – to get a bad mark in a test or to be caught out for cheating? Why?
e) How does this idea of cheating or stealing ideas in school compare to downloading purchasable digital products without paying?
What can you find about how the law in your country protects people’s creative work from being stolen or copied?