Intellectual property can also be stolen because it is much harder to trace the thief, however, there are laws that have been put in place to deal with such. Works of art like movies, literary works, musical works, radio broadcast are the content that the law known as copyrighting has been put in place to protect. Those who seek permission first before redistributing that content are not subject to punishment under that law.
Copyright laws usually depend on which country they are being enforced and are strict in some countries than in others, to protect yourself from being exposed one should carry out research if such laws are present in their countries and what fines are charged if one is caught. Owners who have had their content plagiarized or stolen and have used the law as their choice of weapon can testify that they have always come out on top; justice was served.
The author of some original work should take it upon him/herself to register his/her work with copyright offices as early as possible so that if there is any infringement in the future then the law will be in a position to fight for his/her cause. Even with these laws in place people are still finding ways to use pirated content because it is evident to them that it is hard for the law to get to them which is true. People are still using illegal sites to download and stream copyrighted materials which in other words is stealing from the people that make and put out such content.
Those who allow sharing of pirated software deal the businesses that produce the works a bad hand because the copyrighted materials are usually of low quality and this creates the wrong image in the users head. Internet service providers can help minimize such wrong actions by helping in detecting and tracking such sites and shutting them down so that the original businesses can get what is rightfully theirs.
Piracy is being reduced gradually by the invention of new kinds of software that have the capabilities of detecting when the laws concerning copyrighting are being broken, this also helps in bringing the wrongdoers to justice. However, it is not uncommon for some people to pirate content without their knowledge and thus when they get sued they are in shock and do not know what to do. Strike 3 holdings company is famous for its large number of lawsuits against people who have downloaded their content illegally. Such people are advised to get lawyers to represent them, they are also advised not to sign anything or delete anything.