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Picking their pockets
作者:21ST    来源:21英语网    日期: 2012-03-23

外研版初三年级:Now and then

关键词:Dr Barnardo; life in the past

话题归类:社会Society


 

 

你买过盗版碟吗?我们为什么要抵制它们?



词数 250 建议阅读时间 5分钟

YOU wouldn't steal a car. You would never rob a bank or pick someone's pocket. But you may be another kind of thief.

If you have ever bought a disc for 15 yuan or less, then you have helped to rob artists or musicians of their intellectual property rights (知识产权).

Last Thursday is World Intellectual Property Day. Activities to tell people about intellectual property right protection were held around the country.

Why we should pay

Intellectual property includes inventions, literary (文学的) and artistic works, names, and pictures. They are of little value if they are not read, seen and used.

While the cost of copying discs is very small, authors, singers and actors have to spend a lot of money and time making a new product (产品). That's why they have the right to make money from their works.

So buying pirated (盗版的) music of Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai is like stealing from them, paying them no respect for their hard work.

If Jay Chou cannot make money from his work, he may not make anything else. But those who make pirated goods are becoming rich without doing any hard work.

A fair price

However, experts also say that authors should ask for a fair price for their work. Earlier this year there was much talk about how much KTV clubs should pay the music companies for using their songs.

"The copyright fee (版权费) should be acceptable to the users. That's good for the music's popularity and society as well," said the National Copyright Administration (国家版权局).

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Your turn: critical thinking

Do you think legal (合法的) CDs and DVDs are priced fairly?




关键词:关键词: 外研版 初三 Now and then 社会Society







 

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