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Internet has transformed the online world into a vast borderless sleepless market place for goods including pirated media files Internet piracy is the unlawful reproduction andor distribution of any copyrighted digital file that can be change hands over the internet This can be done with music files videos and movies e-books software and other materials Internet is used to conduct the entire operation of piracy Internet piracy should not be continued even if it has attractive advantages because the media industry losses significant revenue and pirates risk legal and ethical ramificationsDavid Cherry provided a brief overview and history of file-sharing and its negative effects in his journal Internet Piracy Brief History and Ethical Concerns He stated that internet piracy seems harmless but it causes lots of losses in the profit of the industries He considers it as a result of internet piracy Because of this most consider internet piracy ethical But there are some who says that internet piracy is ethical Digital music files are one of the first types of files that were pirated File-sharing programs were developed that facilitated the transfer of these types of files This issue by Dolinski 2012 focuses on how file-sharing application started and ended It started in year 1999 with Napster that allows users to download free songs But its short-lived success ended when they loss in trial court and stopped its operation However internet users seek new file-sharing applications and piracy continued its spread When Audiogalaxy satellite gained its popularity Lime wire client and Bit torrent protocol was released Like what happened to Napster Audiogalaxy was also stopped due to lawsuit filed by Recording Industry Association of America RIAA Also Swedish prosecutors filed charges against the Pirate bay an infamous host site in 2008 with guilty verdict They filed an appeal but ended with the same verdict in 2010 On the other hand Bit torrent services are still the main source of illegal media files Castillo 2004
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