ShowBox - Do apps as 'Show Box' cause economic harm?

At the present is very easy to find any website or app that allows us to download or see online movies and series for free. One of them is 'Show Box', is an application for devices (tablet, cell phones, etc.) that provides free movies and TV shows streaming for free to all the Android population. It is considered as the best free Android apps inasmuch as permit users watch movies in HD costless.

'Show Box' is not a Google Play app, users need to do a side load to have this app on their devices. Once they have made the download, they'll have a wide range of options of HD movies and TV shows. The reality is that as 'Show Box', you can find numerous amounts of options that will offer the same service for free and you can watch the latest releases. Despite the many efforts that the government has made for eradicate the piracy completely, it seems like it is impossible to stop the constant movement that happens on the Internet.

Internet is an entire world that offers infinites ways to do whatever you want without any effort. Every day there is new applications and websites that allows you watch your favorite's movies and shows for free. The creators will always find a way to pirate the content that is released. But the question is, the piracy is really affecting the economy of the country and the industry?

Why does piracy exist?

Piracy is defined as the illegal appropriation of any private property in the form of copyright infringement. This law should help the artist and companies to protect their assets from the copyright theft. However, this task has becoming really challenging since the fastest evolution of the digital age. Movie, TV, and music piracy causes an extreme economic loss in countries all over the world. This phenomenon began long time ago, before the Internet. By 1910 piracy developed into the process of using positive prints and make new negatives to produce an unlimited number of duped prints.

As the years went by the pirates found other ways such as Cam rips, VHS tapes, among others to continue copying. Illegal music piracy came first given the technology was relatively primitive for many years. Until the DVD arrives the movie piracy took a big step and started unstopping up to now. 1990 was the year where the piracy happened to be online and since then, this is a problem that has not been completely solved and that is always present.

As 'Show Box', now exits apps that allows watch movies and stream TV shows at our devices. Every day is easier the access to any content for free. All the people should be aware of consequences. Even though the piracy is a problem that has become normal, the law exits to protect copyright material. Download material from an unauthorized source could be a serious crime.

Threatening an industry?

 

 

When you download movies or stream TV shows from sites that are not legal, you're may be hurting emerging artist as much as established ones. Is a fact that online piracy has affected considerably the Industry and is in the hands of us to make a change and stop this phenomenon. Piracy definitely hurts independent creators who are finding the way to make it, this include musicians, film producers, photographers, app developers, etc. When you make an illegal copy of something, you're taking the effort and a lot of time of someone that work hard to produce that content.

-Online piracy facts:

1. According to studies realized, 70 percent of online users don't find any wrong in online piracy.

2. At least 67 percent of the digital piracy that exists nowadays are hosted in North America and Western Europe

3. 22 percent of all the global Internet band width is used for online piracy. This includes all type of piracy not only movies or TV shows streaming.

4. The content that is available for downloading on Cyberlockers sites such as Rapidshare, Megaupload, etc. are copyrighted material (at least 91.5 percent).

5. Approximately 71,060 jobs are lost every year in America due to online piracy.

6. More than 75 percent of computers have at least one download illegal application. And now with the rise of the apps, this number is increasing in portal devices with an application as Show Box.

7. Most pirated items on web are pornography (35.8%), movies (35.2%), TV shows (14.5%), PC and console games (6.7%), Software's (6.7%) and music (2.9%).

8. The most pirated movie so far is avatar with 17.580.000 downloads.

All the stat mentioned before is just an approximation of the reality, the numbers change constantly. It is a fact that online piracy exists and has a relevant place in our daily lives. In the long term, if movies and TV shows are still pirated and this phenomenon becomes a way of life, the value of the intellectual property can be in danger and the shows that we love most won't get made anymore.

Where do the pirated movies originate?

There are many ways for pirate a movie or a TV show. One of the common classic ways is by leaking the product. This refers to a person that goes into the Movie Theater and record the movie with a camera while the movie plays. It is a poor-quality recording but many people download this type of piracy for watch the movie immediately after the premiere. Giving out movie that is in the theater tends to decrease the movie's earnings.

Other common way for pirate a movie is be digitally hacked. At the present, this one is the more common as technology keeps improving and the hacking is easier to make. Different studies of online piracy believe that at least 20.5 billion of dollars has been lost for the online piracy. In addition, a study back in 2005 confirms that 10 percent decrease in worldwide piracy, together with film and music. Over the past 4 years will bring 1.5 million jobs, 64 billion dollars in taxes and 400 billion dollars in economic growth. Even if this numbers are outdated, those stats are higher today because of inflation and the addition of popularity of the film industry. The reality is that as 'Show Box', you can find numerous amounts of options that will offer the same service for free and you can watch the latest releases. Despite the many efforts that the government has made for eradicate the piracy completely, it seems like it is impossible to stop the constant movement that happens on the Internet.

Who are the more hurt by the online piracy?

-Creators, authors and related right owners. As an illegal activity that is on hand of everybody and free, their main income is affected and they lost money.

-Workers in all the cultural industries as piracy have replaced the output of legitimate products and employment.

-The state, as no taxes are ever collected to be reinvested into the cultural development.

Which are the top reasons that motivate the people to increase the online piracy?

-The cost. According to many studies, most of the users admitted the main reason for fall into the piracy is the high prices.

-Easy access. The majority believes that most of the films and shows are online for free and don't see the point in paying.

-Interest. For the people, not all the films are worth it for buy a ticket or a legal download.

-Technology. Most of the pirates' users own a smart TV, a home cinema system or any advance technology. They are more prone to download free movies and see stream shows illegally.

Illegal streaming

Streaming is when you see a video in real time, instead of download the file and watching it later. Some broadcaster prefers streaming because it's hard for the users to save the content and distribute it illegally. In 2014 a small group of people created 'Popcorn', an app that enable free online streaming of television shows and movies. Since then, this type of piracy become popular and now you have access to a numerous option to see in streaming your favorite shows.

As 'Showbox' where you can see HD and stream TV programs you can find other apps and website that offers the same service. Most of the people opts for the online piracy inasmuch as their save money and they can see whatever they want from the comfort of their home. According to MUSO's the vast majority of online piracy in the past year was through illegal streaming, with 57.8 billion visits to piracy sites. More of the 12 percent of that visits came from the United States with 9.86 billion visits.

There are sites where the streaming is legal such as Netflix or Hulu. When you're download, or watch a video from sites like 'Megavideo', it's possible that you're in a illegal website. It is a fact that is prohibited post a movie, song, or a TV show without the corresponding rights. However, it's not illegal for the people watch content that has been posted.

Even if it's not illegal watching something that is online already, if you do anything to redistribute the video yourself, you are committing an infringement. There are a lot of ways that can lead you to do something prohibited and you may don't realize. Is so common nowadays to have everything in the Internet, for free access that the people don't think that maybe is illegal the way that they are watching the movie, TV series or reading the book.

How to fight against online piracy

Identify pirated content: Nowadays is difficult to recognize the content that is illegal from the one that it isn't. The online piracy has becoming so normal that we find hard to understand the problem. But the first step could be detecting all the content that is breaking the law and it's not legal. While the people continue using the apps like 'Show Box', download the movies from torrents, etc. the problem will not be solved. Once we all understand what content is and isn't and Internet Copyright, will be more easy to break the online piracy phenomenon. one of the common classic ways is by leaking the product. This refers to a person that goes into the Movie Theater and record the movie with a camera while the movie plays. It is a poor-quality recording but many people download this type of piracy for watch the movie immediately after the premiere

Stop contributing: It is hard to stop something that seems so normal around the world. But if you understand that is something illegal that is affecting your country and a lot of people you should raise awareness. The online piracy is disturbing considerably the movie and music industry. It is in our hands the future of those entertainment businesses. We can make the difference to protect creative workers such as moviemakers, musicians, and other artists that are working hard to be known. There sites where the streaming is legal such as Netflix or Hulu.

The market: Knowing that one reason of the increasing online piracy is the cost, the film industry should do something about it. The industry could reorganize and solve the problems of access, cost and convenience.

The continuous growth of websites and apps that stole content continuous threatens the technology of America, products, jobs and artists. Online piracy costs only in the U.S economy 100 billion dollars and thousands of jobs every year and the same happen around the world. If we keep letting that the virtual reality and the Internet take everything that we create, we will reach a point where everything will be in your laptop or cell phone. We are forgetting the beauty of going out, watch video in the theater, appreciate a play, etc. There are a lot of young talented people that wants to live from acting, singing, writing and the online piracy is taking a huge part from them.

While the majority of the population of the world encourages the copyright infringement, this problem will never stop. The phenomenon of the online piracy is in the hands of all the users that keep using this method to watch the movies and the TV shows. Winning a strong community is the key to stop little by little this problem that is affecting the cultural word. As if that everything mentioned before were not enough, now the app developers are creating applications for watch movies and TV shows for free at the reach of your hand. Online piracy is becoming more easy to access and more normal to everybody.