Privacy is defined as the code of practice which deals with the issues such as copyright law.
Without privacy the copyright law would have not even existed right now.
The main idea of privacy is to make sure the information or creation of an author’s work is not taken without the approval of the author. If something is taken or sold without the approval of the author then this would be considered to be literally stealing the author’s work.
Does Privacy only involve the internet?
Most people get misleaded with the idea that privacy only deals with the internet. Privacy can deal with the internet. For e.g. a website which would have been created would have had a copyright law. If any graphics are taken such as the logo of a site, without the approval of the author. Then this would become a problem.
In ethical teaching it is taught that it is not even necessary to leave a sign on the site because from the privacy act. The webmaster owns all the intellectual rights and therefore it is assumed that the copyright sign is not even necessary.
However, to avoid all the unnecessary arguments many webmasters put in a copy right sign.
Another thing which is done for websites is that all the copyright is actually registered which would allow the webmaster to take any legal action if anyone stole his intellectual property.
Of course if it was the webmaster’s work in the beginning then none of this copyright signs are necessary, ethical wise.
But to stop the unnecessary commotion such as showing evidence of how it was actually the webmasters work and who hosted up the information first.
Then to avoid these kinds of issues it is just better to register the copyright/privacy of the author’s work.
Now, coming back to the question privacy does involve the internet but not solely on the internet. Some examples of the internet not being included in privacy would include programs that are developed by programmers.
On the other hand, the internet would be one of the reason’s why the author’s intellectual right/privacy is lost. Whether it is a program or a website’s content or graphic through the internet; many end users are able to just download it from many torrents etc. Therefore through the use of internet privacy is easily lost to data.
What does privacy include?
As mentioned before privacy does involve the internet. However, privacy issues does not entirely involve the internet. Privacy involves any type of data to be protected against accidental or deliberate damage. This would also includes any confidential data to be made private so it is not misused or abused.
This would include all the five types of data: text data, numerical data, image data, audio data and video data.
Examples of what types of data that Privacy includes?
Text data: Privacy would protect any confidential information such as legal documents. Also another example would be if a author had published an eBook then privacy would also protect any copyright violation.
Numerical data: Such confidential information such as bank balance, mortgage taken would be a source of numerical data, even though it would include letters, this would also be classified as a text data.
However, the actual pure number of the bank balance etc. can be considered to be a numerical data. This data would also be an example of confidential data which the privacy would protect, from not being misused or abused.
Image data: An example of an image data would be an art work which would have been painted and for example the author put it for sale on eBay and put an photograph of the painting. The privacy act will make sure that no copyright violation takes place. Because the picture would be printed out and used in some way as an artwork, which would be a copyright violation.
Privacy also would protect computer graphics/artworks which are made. For example a graphic that would have been made via Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Fireworks.
Audio data: An example of audio data could be a song. This is most commonly pirated and download from the internet these days. With privacy many musicians are able to make sure that their audio data’s copyright is not violated.
Video data: Movies would be one of the most downloaded and pirated source of data. Some would ask if there is Privacy act against these video’s then why are there so many videos getting pirated?
Well, because of the internet and the vast amount people who use torrents etc. It is a bit hard to find out those who download it. But privacy does come down hard, a recent issue would be ‘The Pirate Bay being sued for 10.6 million Euros’. A site which only gives links to downloading sites has been taken to court.
Even though this site was not hosting any material the site is now being charged with ‘ aiding copyright infringement by making it too easy for people to violate the copyright law’.