Arguing Cause Alex T

Where Did The Money Go?

There is a big societal problem surrounding the illegal viewing and downloading of movies and music known as piracy. People who pirate movies and music feel like they are not doing anything wrong, they feel like the companies who produce the goods being pirated already have enough money so they are not hurt when someone illegally obtains their product. What most people don't understand is that the people who are most hurt by piracy are the people not usually thought of such as, the people who make the CD's and the people who bring the CD's where they need to go, they are the ones who are losing money or even their jobs. As Alan Greenblatt points out in his article "Will the major music labels survive the digital age?" piracy also hurts people who had to work hard to get to where they are now only to have what they deserve taken from them by people who claim to love them, their shows, and their music (Greenblatt 989-1012).

Piracy can also have a big effect on the economy. _Japan, due to piracy of anime and manga, loses a total of $5.5 billion each year (Bennett)_. Anime is any Japanese animated television shows, some examples of them are Pokemon, Digimon, and Sailor Moon. Manga is a Japanese equivalent to a comic book, the only difference is that it is read right to left instead of left to right. This money should have gone to the people who make the anime and manga for all of their hard work, but instead they didn't get paid by the people who "love their work" because they watched or read it on an online website, instead of paying for it like they should have.

  • Is it clear what I mean exactly? Yes, my point is that Piracy can have an impact on an economy.
  • Where might the reader be confused? What could be misleading or muddled? The reader might be confused about what anime and manga are, I included a general description of what they are. What could be misleading is that I used Japan as an example and quite a few people aren't interested in hearing about another country.
  • How does the claim(s) in this paragraph relate to my main claim? My claim addresses just how bad piracy has gotten and how people are hurt by it.
  • What support have I used to argue this claim? What links this support to my claim? (for these last two, you can underline the support and make bold the linkage if it is explicitly stated. If the linkage is unstated, write it out in this quote box.)

Some of the people who watch, listen, or read pirated goods try to justify their actions by saying things like: "there is no way for me to obtain it legally", "I can not afford to purchase and ship it all the way from China or even Japan itself", "if it is so bad then why is it so easy to find it", and "it is okay as long as I do not download it." All of these arguments usually have two issues backing them up, that is the issue of where to get the money and the inaccessibility of legal good where they live. The argument about how easy it is to find illegal goods compared to legal goods can be a good excuse as to why piracy is okay because the goods should be more easily obtained by legal methods, but in reality it can be a pain. Certain stores do sell some Japanese anime and manga but the locations of these stores can be hard for certain people to get to, another way to get the products is to purchase them online but shipping from foreign countries can get to be expensive after a while.

  • Is it clear what I mean exactly? Yes, I am talking about how people defend their actions.
  • Where might the reader be confused? What could be misleading or muddled? I am using general statements that I have heard from people but I am not including specific examples.
  • How does the claim(s) in this paragraph relate to my main claim? My claim is talking about how people justify piracy which is a problem because piracy is stealing whether you have a reason or not.
  • What support have I used to argue this claim? What links this support to my claim? (for these last two, you can underline the support and make bold the linkage if it is explicitly stated. If the linkage is unstated, write it out in this quote box.)

After researching my subject, the causes of piracy are several different things. Some people illegally download things because they feel they are not hurting anyone except for big businesses who are not really affected by them pirating their merchandise. Other causes of piracy is the cost to purchase legal goods, some can't afford it and some would rather just get it for free. Another cause would be the inaccessibility of certain goods to certain people through legal means, if they cannot obtain it legally then some people will get it illegally because they still want the item. Another cause would be how easy it is to get the goods online, there are many sites online where someone could watch a movie or an anime illegally, all you really need to use is Google. Almost everything is online such as anime, manga, movies, etc. when you illegally download or just watch something online it feels different than if you go to a store and take a DVD or a CD without paying for it, when stealing from a store there is a higher chance of getting caught, not only that but, you have to walk by store workers and that might lead to guilt; if you download a show online it is much more impersonal, the people doing the downloading doesn't see who they are stealing from, they also have a lowered chance of getting caught, this can also be a reason why piracy is such a big problem.

  • Is it clear what I mean exactly? Yes, I am talking about why people illegally download anime, manga, and music. Also I talk about why it doesn't really feel like stealing to some.
  • Where might the reader be confused? What could be misleading or muddled? I talk about different things and the transition between ideas may cause people to be confused.
  • How does the claim(s) in this paragraph relate to my main claim? I talk about some of the causes of piracy and why some people feel the need to do it.
  • What support have I used to argue this claim? What links this support to my claim? (for these last two, you can underline the support and make bold the linkage if it is explicitly stated. If the linkage is unstated, write it out in this quote box.)

A big reason why Japan and other countries are having such a hard time stopping piracy are things like, no police support and no support from other countries. Sweden attempted to stop piracy of CD's back in 2009 by introducing a copyright protection reform, this would increase the chances of getting caught and it would also increase the chance of being punished for illegal downloading. This worked at first for about six months when the effects disappeared because of not enough police involvement (Adermon, Liang). In Japan a recent law was put into effect, this required a few hundred internet sites which contain illegal anime and manga to be taken down within the span of a few months. This hasn't been very effective because most of the sites which contain anime and manga are coming from other countries such as the United States and China. If Japan doesn't get support from other countries the law won't have much effect (Japan begins anti-piracy campaign against 300 Internet sites).

  • Is it clear what I mean exactly? Yes, I am talking about why simply making sites illegal is not really making a change.
  • Where might the reader be confused? What could be misleading or muddled? Some people who haven't heard about the law in either Japan or Sweden might have questions about the specifics of the laws.
  • How does the claim(s) in this paragraph relate to my main claim? I am showing how stopping illegal downloading can be a hard thing.
  • What support have I used to argue this claim? What links this support to my claim? (for these last two, you can underline the support and make bold the linkage if it is explicitly stated. If the linkage is unstated, write it out in this quote box.)

When people think of who is most hurt by piracy, they think of the big companies who own the rights to the product, this can shape how people think about piracy. If people think that the businesses are the ones hurt and since the companies are worth millions, a few dollars won't hurt; this mindset allows people to rationalize illegal downloading. The view that big companies are rich while individuals who buy their products and support them are working to make a living can make the companies seem like the villains, stealing from them isn't a bad thing to do when you think like this. When some people are given a choice of whether or not to spend their money on a product where the creators are already rich, or download it illegally for free online some of them would probably watch it illegally. The thing that these people don't know is that by downloading illegally, they are not really hurting the big businesses, they are hurting the people not usually thought of such as, the people who make the CD or DVD and the people who drive the products from the factories to the stores, they are the ones who get pay cuts or even get fired (Greenblatt 989-1012).

  • Is it clear what I mean exactly? Yes, I am talking about the attitudes some people have about piracy.
  • Where might the reader be confused? What could be misleading or muddled? For people who don't pirate they might be confused about how people feel about this.
  • How does the claim(s) in this paragraph relate to my main claim? I am talking about how people's attitudes are getting in the way of stopping piracy.
  • What support have I used to argue this claim? What links this support to my claim? (for these last two, you can underline the support and make bold the linkage if it is explicitly stated. If the linkage is unstated, write it out in this quote box.)

The societal attitudes which can have an impact on how people view piracy is the belief that everyone should have the same opportunities as everyone else and the belief that people who work hard are better than the people who are rich and have everything handed to them. There is a group of people who believe that things like software should be free to everyone because if more people have opportunities that otherwise would be denied to them then that is better than if they had to pay for the technology. The other belief is that people who work hard to make a living for themselves are more respectable than people who are rich and who no longer have to work hard, they are seen as lazy. Some people see stealing from rich people more acceptable than stealing from some one who works hard because of this belief.

  • Is it clear what I mean exactly? Sort of, most of this isn't hard evidence.
  • Where might the reader be confused? What could be misleading or muddled? They might get confused if they don't think like this.
  • How does the claim(s) in this paragraph relate to my main claim? It relates because I talk about the attitudes that some people have which can cause people to download illegally.
  • What support have I used to argue this claim? What links this support to my claim? (for these last two, you can underline the support and make bold the linkage if it is explicitly stated. If the linkage is unstated, write it out in this quote box.)

These are the reasons why people illegally download things like anime, manga, music, and software. Illegal downloading is a big problem which is having a negative impact on the economy. Some people just do not see it as wrong because of the way they think and also because illegal downloading is such an impersonal way to steal from others they do not see who they are hurting as opposed to stealing from a store.

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