What is it?
Piracy can refer to stealing goods, as when pirates hijack a shipment of cars, or the pirating of intellectual property (IP), where someone else's creative work is stolen.
It is also known as digital piracy when it relates to the internet, such as when people download or copy material such as movies, TV shows, music and computer programs without permission, and also includes digital media such as CDs and DVDs. All of these are examples of IP.
How does it work?
Piracy can be an act committed by one person, say by downloading a photo from a website without permission and using it as their own (such as for a homework project). Or, it can be a complex and sophisticated criminal enterprise involving a network of people, spanning several countries and netting pirates millions of dollars in profits.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and piracy?
Because so much material is available on the internet, it is not surprising that many children (and adults) are not sure if the movie, game, song or television show they see available for download is actually legal to copy. Even streaming material, instead of downloading, could potentially be illegal.
The best thing to do is to access materials only from official sites to ensure that your child is not breaking the law. File sharing sites are very often sources of pirated material. Also avoid buying cheap DVDs and CDs while overseas from street sellers as these are almost always guaranteed to be pirated.
File sharing can also lead to malware infecting your computer.