Piracy is a major threat to the entertainment industry with millions of unauthorized copies of the latest television,theatrical and DVD releases being sold by vendors in the street and even on the internet. DVD piracy is illegal and copyright law protects the original creator of the works and grants them exclusive right to alter, copy and sell their work. Still, some other people have discovered that there is money to be made in selling pirated discs and take advantage of someone elses creation.
Several different methods are used by DVD pirates to reproduce the DVDs. The most common and simplest way is by the use of a personal computer or a DVD recorder to copy (burn) the data from the genuine DVD to an empty disc, producing a pirated disc with an identical content. Pirates also can copy from the cinema using a handled video camera to record the content as it plays on the screen. These videos are usually uploaded on the web where then interested people can easily either watch them online or download. The quality won’t be very good, but they can still see a movie without paying for a ticket to the movie theatre. Even though it is free to watch these illegal movies, crooks still make money selling advertising.
To prevent DVD copying companies are including Digital Rights Management (DRM) on the manufactured discs to prevent copying of any content. Police are also playing a major role in trying to shut down any piracy operation. They are using specially trained dogs to check any suspicious shipment containing pirated DVDs. Finally, movie theaters are dealing with illegal videotaping.
Even with all this, it seems to be impossible to stop piracy from happening. Maybe one day people will discover that there are no more new movies, nobody is recording music anymore and new computer games are no longer released. This will be the result of piracy.