No matter how advanced literary publishing becomes, there will always be piracy. Does the advancement of technology have a correlation with piracy? Looking back at the articles From Gutenberg to the Internet, and Nineteenth Century America: Publishing in a Developing Country, there are instances in which it is proven that technology can in fact cause an increase in piracy.
Since the invention of the Gutenberg press in the 15th century, technology has played a crucial role in the production of literature. Before the press all literature was written by hand and took hours to create. Only the privileged elite had copies of literature because of the high cost of these rare unique and handmade literature. Each copy included text and illustrations that were hand written onto parchment, and then all of the parchments were hand bound into a book. The invention of the printing press made printing copies of literature more accessible and cheaper, in the long run, for readers to purchase.
Today, with the advancement of technology, anyone can simply buy a copy of literature on the web, whether they purchase a print or digital copy. As technology has advanced it becomes simpler for anyone to access these books.
Piracy, which occurs when reprints of books are made, occurred more often as technology made printing literature simpler. When printing became popular and made publishing faster, there was a lot of piracy occurring in America with British literature. This was because it was simpler and used less time to copy books, instead of publishing their own.
Today, it is common for all different types of artists to plagiarize other artist’s work. In the visual art world, it is very easy to get caught plagiarizing. My own personal experience can prove as evidence. As a new artist in the industry, it is hard to create a name for yourself. Other artists often influence us, whether we are aware of it or not. The Internet has given us access to look at work all around the world and expand our knowledge. As I look around me when I create work, it is always difficult to create your own work, especially with the resources I have around me.
In today’s century, technology has a huge impact on our lives, even in literary publishing. Nowadays literary publishing does not just occur in print, it has now become more popular on the Internet as well. As publishing becomes digital, is there a chance that piracy, or plagiarism may become even more common and accessible?