What is online piracy?
Online piracy is the act of gaining copyrighted material for free through various means. It did not take off largely until the age of the internet in the mid 90s, however it existed as early as the 70s
EARLY ONLINE PIRACY
Early online piracy was very different from what we think of it today although it was enough of an issue that companies in the 70s and 80s used various tactics to try and put an end to it. It usually involved copying a floppy disk and giving it to a friend.
PUNCH CARDS FLOPPY DISKS
GOLDEN AGE OF ONLINE PIRACY
What i'd consider the golden age of online piracy was from around 2000 to 2010 this was when the internet started to get really big but big companies tried to ignore it so if you wanted to listen to music you'd have to go out and buy a cd. These software developers took advantage of this and developed software that let you download music, films, games and everything else, at home for free.
THE LESSONS NOBODY LEARNED
The moral of this story is not to have utter contempt for the consumer. If you ignore a massive trend and call people morons for wanting to download content from their homes you have only yourself to blame when consumers look for alternatives at the expense of your company, having utter contempt for your audience went a way for a while but has came back and caused
THE RESURGANCE OF ONLINE PIRACY