News Analysis 6: Piracy

Soon, a very popular website is to be shut down due to piracy. IsoHunt is a popular piracy website that offers BitTorrents of most movies. Some people download series of TV shows, some people download movies and some people download games. This game has existed for a long time, it is well known among most pc-users. “A group of companies, including Disney, Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox, accused the site of wilfully infringing copyright by listing millions of popular movies and TV programmes – in a court battle that has lasted for more than seven years.” This court battle ended when Mr. Fung decided to give in. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of IsoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition and forever in internet start-up time.” Why is it that the MPAA went through so much trouble just to bring down a piracy site? Was the argument worth the trouble for either of the sides?

I think that the MPAA went through all of this trouble just to get a single site down because IsoHunt harmed their profits and caused them to lose buyers. The logical thinking to this would be, “would I prefer to buy the real products from the movie companies or get copies of the real product off a website that offers it completely free?” Of course people would go to IsoHunt to download their movies, it’s cheap, fast, and you can do it from home. People do things the easier and more convenient way. People look for shortcuts that they can take in order to prevent going through all of the trouble that they would otherwise taking the normal route. People are born naturally lazy and selfish, they think for themselves before thinking for others. People fail to realize that by illegally downloading a movie, they are not only violating the law for piracy, they are also harming the artist because the artist doesn’t gain anything from them downloading the movie. My friend is different from the other people. He actually likes to support the artist because he feels that if you really like someone’s product, you should support him or her so that they can provide you with bigger and better version of it. My friend really likes Justin Timberlake, so he buys a lot of Justin Timberlake CD’s to support him. Everyone else that I know downloads music off of the Internet, from websites like www.mp3skull.com or www.baidu.com. There are so many of these piracy sites that I do not know why the MPAA went through so much trouble just to bring one down. I guess it’s because it’s the largest and most successful, so by taking it down they are reducing the piracy rate by at least 25%. But there are just so many of these sites that unless they find a way to completely reduce piracy, there is simply just no point.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24580130

News Analysis 5: Core of the Earth

            New things are being discovered every single day. New inventions, new technology, new discoveries, innovation is everywhere. Recently, scientists have discovered a new method or idea to how the earth was formed. “Scientists from Stanford University have shown that iron metal will flow through rocks 1,000km beneath our feet.” This suggests a new way in which our earth’s core was formed. This study suggests that molten metal was able to flow towards the core of our planet. “Using sophisticated X-ray imaging, they watched molten metal moving through rocks, squeezed to huge pressures between the tips of pairs of diamonds.” All of this information fascinates scientists but the question I want to ask is why.

            Why does it matter that the earth was formed in a different way than we usually know. The earth is the earth, it was formed and that’s really all that matters. Why do scientists go through all of the effort to try to find different ways in which the earth was formed? What good will it does knowing that the earth was formed in a different way? Yes, it can offer us new information that hasn’t been discovered before, therefore allowing us to discover new things. After that, what will that information do for us? The scientists today are just trying to discover new things that have relatively no relevance in our daily lives. Take this for example; getting informed that the earth was formed through a different process does not change the fact that people still have to go to work. People will just think that it’s a “cool fact” and then forget about it afterwards. So why do scientists still try so hard to gather new information? Is it because they have to remain their status as scientists, discovers of technology. Or is it because they want to be recognized by people, being smart and the discovers of multiple things.

            I personally like science, I feel like it’s really fun and I enjoy doing a bunch of different scientific experiments in class. We learn new ways to do different things, and we learn the relevance to the real life world that the experiment has. I honestly think that science is one of the subjects in life that are overlooked. It’s so important in life, but people seem to forget its relevance. I like science, and I think that science helps us discover new things in life, but the information obtained from the variety of experiments lack recognition from people.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24454138