QUESTION: ‘The increasing access to information on the internet has caused as many problems as it has solved.’
POINT: The increasing access to information on the internet has caused more problems as it has solved. This is especially so as work from companies and artists are distributed illegally online.
EXPLANATION: As more and more websites sharing illegal files from companies and artists are being set up, more and more productions are distributed and downloaded illegally. This results in musician artists, companies such as Adobe and even film companies, to lose a large chunk of their profit, as most of it comes from purchases of music or movies from CDs, or through online payment. However, these files are being taken and shared among the rest of the people free of charge, without the need of people having to pay money to the artists or companies.
EXAMPLE: Good examples of illegal websites are Mp3Skull, www.4shared.com and MegaUpload. These websites distributes free music, games and movies illegally. Some shocking statistics from a survey done in 2012 in the USA by InfographicsArchive shows that almost 70% of Online Users interviewed finds nothing wrong with online piracy. 91.5% of files are available for download on Cyberlockers sites (Rapidshare/ MegaUpload) and only 1 out of 10,000 pieces of the most popular content on OpenBitTorrent tracker is non-copyrighted.
LINK BACK/WEIGHING: Though they are some movements by the government and organisations to stop internet online piracy like the shutting down of MegaUpload and Snowleopard.ning, some were shut down permanently, while some were persistent and reappeared again. In fact there are still uncountably many other sites out there continuing the same illegal distribution currently, and are most likely expected to continue for a while as it is currently not easy to stop them. Hence, the increasing access to information on the internet has caused more problems as it has solved.