In a recent MSNBC “Digital Life” article, Professor Derek Bambauer sheds light on the many ways people unintentionally break copyright laws on the Internet. With the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), users can be accused of infringement for posting copyrighted material on a blog, even though physically sharing it would not be a problem. Professor Bambauer also explains how piracy is often a result of inaccessibility, rather than just not wanting to pay for content. He uses the HBO show “Game of Thrones” as an example: “HBO charges not only for the content, but bundles it with one particular delivery medium. If that medium is unavailable to you, or unaffordable, you're out of luck. Unless, of course, you have broadband, and can BitTorrent.”
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