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Copyright came about from the fifteenth century Britain, sometime after the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. "The printing press represented a greatest threat to the clergy's monopoly on thought dissemination; moveable type was the fifteenth century version of Napster" (Copyright Site). Copyright legislation were instated to protect writers of varied intellectual properties, (literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, architectural) and provide credit to the proper writer. Through time copyright laws have changed dramatically, due to the development of the internet. Prior to the internet in order to be caught plagiarizing someone would have to go through all kinds of literary works, to know exactly where the info came out. Nowadays a person is able to just type what they are searching for into search engine sites such as "Google" and nice precisely what they were searching for. With information obtained with such simplicity it makes it nearly easy to plagiarize (the act of stealing others ideas( and passing them off as your own), other individuals work without the writer with any idea. "The Internet has been characterized as the largest threat to copyright since its inception. The world wide web is awash in data, a lot of it with varying levels of copyright protection. Copyrighted works on the Internet include news stories, software, books, screenplays, images, pictures, Usenet messages as well as email. In reality, the frightening reality is that nearly everything online is protected by copyright law. That may pose problems for the hapless surfer" (Copyright Site). The electronic environment does not change the ways we consider possession, it will however change the methods by which we use and distribute intellectual propert...