Fighting digital piracy an uphill struggle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am

With rapid technological progress and boundless cyberspace, the battle to combat digital piracy is fraught with difficulties.

While uploaders of copyrighted digital content are liable for prosecution, the downloaders are more difficult to catch.

Downloaders may be less guilty of piracy than uploaders, but they should also be punished for their disregard for intellectual property rights.

But the millions of Net users make enforcement and prosecution almost impossible.

Besides, a multitude of video-sharing websites like YouTube routinely flout anti-piracy laws and post copyrighted videos for public viewing.

There are privacy concerns over internet service providers giving personal information about Net users.

People also worry that stringent copyright protection laws will hinder the free flow of information.

Striking the right balance on copyright issues will continue to top government agendas around the world.