Copyright violation and illegal downloading

Written exercise A – Non-fiction

The texts in section A focus on copyright violation and illegal downloading.
Write a paper (700-1000 words) in which you answer the following questions. Answer the questions separately.

1. Give an outline of the attitudes to copyright violation and illegal downloading as presented in texts 1 and 3.
2. Compare the writing styles, e.g. language and tone, in texts 2 and 3. Illustrate your answer with examples from the texts.
3. Taking your starting point in one of the texts, discuss whether copyright of music, texts, and films can and should be protected.

1. Peter Sunde, “The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde: It’s Evolution, Stupid”, an article from WIRED website, February 10, 2012
2. “Four comments on ‘The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde: It’s Evolution, Stupid’”, from WIRED website, February 2012.
3. Wendy Cope, “You like my poems? So pay for them”, an article from The Guardian website, December 8, 2007

The two following texts are about different views on copyright violation and illegal downloading. In the first text, made by Peter Sunde the co-founder of The Pirate Bay, “It’s Evolution, Stupid”, we get to about his attitude towards copyright violation, and why it should not be illegal. The third text, “You like my poems?” is a contrast to the first one and is made by Wendy Cope. In her optics, it is both unethical and wrong to commit copyright infringement.

The first text is an article written by Peter Sunde. Sunde was in 2009 convicted of contributory copyright infringement, and his attitude to the subject is that it is not unethical to infringe the copyright and just a part of the evolution. The technology is evolving all the time, and the only industry, which has refused to evolve, is the entertainment industry.

He is making an example of his own when he explains about the harsh investigation of The Pirate Bay. This is his justification when he talks about their permission to corrupt the legal system.

Peter Sunde describes how the problem is that the dying companies in the entertainment business are dictating the terms of our democracy. Peter Sunde is in the end encouraging people to stand against the corrupted entertainment business.

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