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Copyright is an important legal right
created by the law of a country that grants the creator of original work
exclusive rights for its use and distribution; this applies both physically and
digitally. This essay will argue how effective Copyright Law has been,
therefore leading to the conclusion, copyright has proven to be effective, and
as a result, clearly showing statement can be proven redundant; persuading in
favour of Copyright Law in regards to the digital world. Undoubtedly, there are
flaws in the enforcement of Copyright Laws which may lead one to jump to the
conclusion it is incompatible with the digital world. Nevertheless, though no
law- in the digital or material world is 100% effective, my essay will set out
the many successes and usefulness of copyright law as a means to govern the
online world. This is most notably exemplified through the dramatic increase in
legal methods of accessing legally copyrighted material 1 (Intellectual
Property Office 2016). The use of legal streaming services has been shown to
directly collate with the decline in the use of Piracy website and illegal
downloading online in general 2 (Titcomb 2016), hence logically leading to
the strong conclusion that due to the work of online Copyright laws both
consumers-conveniently and affordably can access content- while the rightful
owners of copyrighted material continuously reap the economic benefits. Without
which they would not have had due to large amounts of piracy online for example
in the music industry 3 (RIAA 2018) which has been steadily declining. In
addition to this major factor, Copyright law is compatible with the digital
world as it encourages small and developing Authors and production companies to
share their work knowing the will ultimately reap an economic reward 4
(Sherman 2009).This is especially important as by having an author feeling
secure in creating work and giving it to the public, while simultaneously
express gratitude. Furthermore, copyright law has been incredibly successfully
enforced. This spans from several court cases 5 (Maguire 2017) to the rigid
guidelines set out in most major Social networking sites regarding copyright
law and infringement 6 (Herzfeld 2016). This is especially significant as to
imply “Copyright law is incompatible with the digital world” one could
wrongfully imply that it is working ineffectively. In great contrast to this
major and even minor infringement violations of copyright have consistently been
treated seriously. Moreover, the consistently strong and effective enforcement
of copyright law in the online world has been extremely helpful. In summary,
though there are some cases in which the implementation has been slightly
ineffective, the evidence would more overwhelmingly suggest Copyright Law is
not only compatible with the digital world but a necessity in governing the
online world.

The largest threat to most major owners of
copyright: Music production companies, Television network companies and Major
film organisations, is a violation of their copyright freely distributed
instantly and on a global scale 3 (RIAA 2018) resulting in the great monetary
loss. Though it is unlikely to our current day and age, to completely wipe some
illegal material off the internet, Copyright Law has made It very difficult to
be able to spread7 (Bales 2017) hence resulting in a mass sway towards
copyright approved online streaming service most successfully: Netflix, Amazon
and Spotify8 (Revoir 2017). This emphasises the importance in copyright law
and undoubtedly shows the importance of online enforcement; without this, the
companies states above would lose billions 3 (RIAA 2018) to the point where
they could not run. This change has been fuelled by the lack of practicality of
the law through court order calling for ISP (Internet service provider)
blockers on several major sites doing illegal copyrighted material 9 (Jackson
2017 ). Moreover, this is embodied in the recent Court case involving the
entire 2017/18 Premier League season illegal streaming in which Kevin Plumb,
Premier League Director of Legal Services, said “This blocking Order is a
game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of
our content,” 10 (Plumb 2017). This one case is a part of a growing family of
successfully blocked websites 5 (Maguire 2017). With this evidence
considered, it is not at all surprising seeing the incline of legal means of
viewing material online: 44 percent of internet users are using exclusively
legal means, up from 39 percent at the end of 2015 2 (Titcomb 2016).

Furthermore, this fully shows the significance of rigid copyright enforcement
in the decrease of 18 percent illegal activity to a seemingly small but
extremely significant 15 percent 2015 2 (Titcomb 2016). The, move away from
illegal methods shows how Copyright Law caters to the digital world, by
fulfilling the demands of the digital age. Copyright Law being enforced has led
to the desired outcomes. However, some may argue the inevitable presence of
illegal file sharing sites weakens the validity of copyright law.  the  is
especially poignant with the suspected estimate of 10% of music royalties lost to
piracy 11 (Granados 2017) leading to major hits, especially for upcoming artists.

Similarly, though massive court cases hold people accountable for arrest, for
example, Pirate Bay cases in 2009 12 (Bay 2017) however new sites continued
to open up. As a result, this may lead some critics to believe it is not
realistic to expect the law to work and hence undermining its compatibility
with the digital world. Nevertheless, no law is 100% enforceable, however, that
does not take away from the fact that it has had major success shutting down
illegal activities 13 (Pearson n.d.); without this, the situation for many
companies could be much worse. Overall, Copyright Law has been responsible for
the rise in streaming services- using legal means in order to access
copyrighted material and hence consequently, in turn, the decreasing in illegal
activity, this is strong basis for the importance of Copyright Law. Though
there is still away to go before improving enforcement, the evidence suggests
it is extremely valid to view Copyright Law as necessary and compatible with
the digital age.

The statement “Copyright law is
incompatible with the digital world” would seem to suggest that both Copyright
Law and the digital world would conflict so much that there would be no
substantial victory in enforcing Copyright Law. As a matter of fact, the very
definition of the word incompatible would imply they are so different they
could not co-exist. Nevertheless, the massive influence and power through the
enforcement of Copyright Law stand testament to its compatibility and even its
necessity the online world. The first way this is exemplified is through the
use of many Court battles 5 (Maguire 2017)in which illegal websites are
infringing on the owner’s copyright by proving free services through either
free illegal downloads or just illegal streaming websites. The most famous case
of this would have to be the European Ban on Pirate Bay 14 (McGoogan 2017 )
which is especially significant as it is estimated that piracy costs movie
studios $6.1 billion a year 15 (Greenberg 2015).If the statement was correct
the locking down of such major players in illegal downloading communities would
not have to deal punishment, however, the leaders of Pirate Bay were arrested
and the European ban is in full effect with man obligatory ISP blocking. This
links well to my prior point as it shows the contributions of Copyright Law
being enforced the online world prompting mass sway towards more legal means to
access content online, for example, Netflix and Amazon Movies 2 (Titcomb
2016). In addition to this, there is a significant amount of work by all major
Social Media to enforce copyright through removing context at request of the
owners and also through the strong boundaries set out in the terms and
conditions of most of these social media platforms. The significance of social
media enforcing Copyright Law According to estimates, the number of worldwide
social media users reached 1.96 billion and is expected to grow to some 2.5
billion by 2018 16 (Statista 2018) which means the bounds for illegal sharing
are massive. Facebook, for example, has technology that detects the unlawful
use of an artist work ( for example music in the background or films being
streamed illegally)and can remove the video and suspend accounts that disobey
the boundaries set out in the Terms and Conditions 17 (Gaca 2016). This
crackdown of illegal activities has effectively discouraged the use of any
copyrighted work without permission which effectively fulfils the purpose of
Copyright Law. This is not in any way unique just to Facebook. YouTube has a
stunning record of controlling copyrighted material with a massive 27% of
videos removed on average in a 24 hour period 18 (Rasty Turek 2018). Not only
do social media such as YouTube write their copyright policy in the Terms and
Conditions 19 (Conditions 2018) the heavily implement them as the data would
the suggest. Even with the one of the hardest copyright material to shut down-
which would be live streaming on platforms such as Twitch and Periscope-there
are rigours efforts especially on days with major televised event to remove
these serves and enforce bans and occasional fines 20 (WONG 2015). These
examples are all rooted in the effectiveness of Copyright Law despite the few
challenges the compatibility is clearly evident. Despite this, critics such as
Lawrence Lessig may argue the lines between rights and wrong in regards to
online application of Copyright Law can be been called ‘impossible’ to
understand 21; and the penalties ‘astonishingly harsh’ 21, Lawrence Lessig
fails to acknowledge that disobeying the law does come with harsh repercussions
however it undoubtedly promotes vigilance (Lessig 2004). This counter-argument
is also especially weak as it is clear what it is clear what is considered if
people took the time to read Terms and Conditions that articulate rules
accessibly such as YouTube 19 (Conditions 2018). Overall, the evidence
suggests the overwhelming amount of success of Copyright Law carries out its
purpose despite the challenge of the online world. As a result, it is logical
to see the invalidity of the statement “Copyright law is incompatible with the
digital world “and the huge impact and relevance of Copyright Law in the
digital world.

The compatibility of Copyright Law with the
digital age can be distinctly seen through the encouragement of creative work
through the reward aspect of Copyright 4 (Sherman 2009). The rise in
exclusive access of content; for example, audio-books and educational video
access are all phenomenal examples of Copyright Law and the digital world
co-existing. The hard work of the context creator is acknowledged which will
inevitably motivate and even fund future plans. This demonstrates the power of
the “Reward” element. In this way, Copyright is a legal expression of gratitude
to the content 4 (Sherman 2009).It would be degenerate and illogical for a
content creator to not be able to provide for themselves for the sake of the
work they produce. One small example of this would be the rise of Patron-a
service that allows copyrighted material to be viewed by a paying audience-
with 50,000 content creators in less than 4 years 22 (Patreon 2018). This
greatly benefits the smallest content creators support themselves and this
coupled with my first argument about online streaming increasing creates a
formidable ground in favour of Copyright Law and the digital age. Without
Copyright Law, one could not guaranty the internet would be as creative,
vibrate and fair as it is now. Critics such as Tushnet may argue that due to
the undeceive nature of Fan Fictions that the creativity is not encouraged
under Copyright Law; therefore showing it is inherently a burden on creative
progression  23 (Tushnet 1997). If
Copyright Law encourages creativeness then it would not be so harsh on fans who
infringe on the original owners right to control their work. This argument
completely ignores the fact that majority of Fan Fictions are not taken down,
rather issue usually only arise when profits are attempted to be made from
them. In summary, the strong sense of reward for content creators undoubtedly
contributes to a great amount of work shared online today. Therefore it is
clearly in this way that Copyright Law is not only compatible with the
challenges of the online world but responsible for the online worlds order and
creativity and fairness.

This essay has argued how effective Copyright
Law has been, therefore leading to the strong founder and logical conclusion,
copyright has proven to be effective, for the digital world but an unmatched
source for order and creativity and fairness in the digital world. Though there
are areas worth possibly improving to improve enforcement online. Nevertheless,
though no law- in the digital or material world is 100% effective, the role of
copyright law in improving the online world has been strong. This is most
notably exemplified through the dramatic increase in legal methods of accessing
legally copyrighted material 1 (Intellectual Property Office 2016). The use
of legal streaming services has been shown to directly collate with the decline
in the use of Piracy website and illegal downloading online in general 2
(Titcomb 2016), hence logically leading to the strong conclusion that due to
the work of online Copyright laws both consumers-conveniently and affordably
can access content- while the rightful owners of copyrighted material
continuously reap the economic benefits. In addition to this major factor,
Copyright law is compatible with the digital world as it encourages small and
developing Authors and production companies to share their work knowing the
will ultimately reap an economic reward 4 (Sherman 2009).This is especially
important as by having an author feeling secure in creating work and giving it
to the public, while simultaneously express gratitude through money they could
use to even promote more work. Furthermore, copyright law has been incredibly
successfully enforced. This spans from several court cases 5 (Maguire 2017)
to the rigid guidelines set out in most major Social networking sites regarding
copyright law and infringement 6 (Herzfeld 2016). Moreover, the consistently
strong and effective enforcement of copyright law in the online world has been
extremely helpful. Undoubtedly, the compatibility of copyright law with digital
age that been clearly demonstrated.