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Piracy reigns supreme on TikTok


Although TikTok has a reputation for encouraging the production of unique material, many users also use it as a venue to submit pre-existing intellectual property, which is against the platform’s terms of service. It is unclear how well methods work to identify copyrighted content and to remove information that has been uploaded to TikTok without permission. CBC claims that TikTok’s rapid expansion has made the video-sharing app one of the most well-known venues for mainstream infringement. The TV and movie industries have been greatly impacted by the growth of piracy on TikTok. The problem of piracy must be handled as the app’s reach grows in order to keep the pirate clips from serving as a basis for mainstream media content.

Due to users uploading content that breaches copyright laws, TikTok’s terms of service have been violated numerous times as a result of its popularity and quick expansion. The app has abilities to identify and delete illegal information, but it’s unclear how effective they are. According to CBC, TikTok has emerged as one of the most popular mainstream piracy channels as a result of the growth of piracy, which may have a big impact on the TV and movie industries. Strict action must be taken to address this issue as the platform grows larger and piracy becomes more common.

The TV and movie industries may be significantly impacted by TikTok piracy. Users may find it easy to obtain illicit content on the app if they upload pirated versions of movies and TV series. The industry may see a drop in profits if the problem of piracy on TikTok is not resolved. However, the increase in TikTok piracy also promotes copyright law discussions, which may result in changes that support intellectual property rights protection. TikTok has transformed the way that content is created, but it still needs to concentrate more on stopping piracy and making sure that it doesn’t become a major problem on the platform.

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Kaia Kirkpatrick
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Kaia Kirkpatrick is a Full IB Senior and staff member of the school newspaper Pitchfork at Marietta High school. She loves cheering on her school and helping her community. She is also a  hardworking student who strives for straight A’s. She is a 2022 Alumni of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) as well as a member of National Honor Society. In her free time she likes to read and bake. She serves her community with her church youth group at every chance she gets.  She is a strong advocate for equal rights amongst her peers. She is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.
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