Digital piracy has been around since the inception of the Internet itself, and while countless countermeasures have been implemented by both government officials and brand holders, the problem has continued to grow to the tune of $12 billion in losses to the United States' economy in 2017 alone. Unfortunately, the cost of digital piracy is more than just financial. As a result of piracy and the illegal distribution of pirated content, the financial burden on legitimate companies has resulted in the estimated loss of more than 70,000 jobs annually.
With the ease and availability of the Internet and the convenience of ripping, streaming, downloading and sharing, digital piracy is on the rise. While often seen as a "victimless" crime, piracy is still, nonetheless, a crime, and if caught, a perpetrator can face legal repercussions ranging from massive fines to time in prison, or both.