Critical Issues in Criminal Justice JUS-250
April 28, 2014
Internet Pirates Music, Movies and More
Most people like listening to good music by the artists they enjoy listening to. Music is expensive when you are on a tight budget and the belt is as tight as it can go. You must choose between getting the newest CD and gasoline for your vehicle. Of course you would choose the gasoline to get back and forth to work or wherever you may have to drive. However you might be able to download the music from your computer.
Downloading itself is not illegal but, if a person puts the song on the ...view middle of the document...
Music theft is real and an ongoing problem. The volume of music acquired illegally is no small amount (The Law, 2014).
Then there are the computer genius who can get the codes for any movies to be able to download them, then they can make copies for their friends and co-workers so they do not have to spend a lot of money to take the family to see a movie or buy the CD that has just came out or maybe not out yet. If you have a computer genius around yes, they can do things like that. Just think if they sell say twenty movies a week at five dollars each, that’s one hundred dollars in their pocket. The person buying the five dollars or even ten dollar movie when it just came out in theatres is saving them money. It would cost ten dollars a person to see the movie.
You may ask yourself, who am I hurting if I download a movie to watch later or some music that just came out? Truth be told, it is a lot of people that get hurt by piracy of movies and
music. Piracy affects the behind the scenes people such as songwriters; recording artist, backup artist, musicians, engineers, technicians, talent scouts, producers, publishers, and marketing specialist. One report said the harm to the economy was 12.5 billion dollars and 2.5 billion in lost wages (The Law, 2014).
According to RIAA Federal Law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, rental or digital transmission of copyrighted sound recordings (Title 17, United States Code, and Sections 501 & 506). A civil lawsuit could cost you thousands of dollars. A criminal charge could cost you a felony conviction, five years in prison and fines up to $ 250,000 dollars and that is for a single offense (The Law, 2014).
Realizing the economy is still in a slump, it is surprising that more people do not get caught downloading music and movies and selling them. Everyone is hurting and yet they still want to provide the entertainment for their family. It is a small price to pay to get a cheap price for someone else to download or burn a copy of a newly released movie for five or ten dollars. While one family is enjoying the movie or listening to the new CD, there are people who are not working because of this.
No one ever thinks about being caught, because I only do this for friends. Who is going to tell on me? There are probably thousands or hundreds of thousands of people who download music and movies and games to sell and have never been caught. They may never be caught and continue doing what they want to make money from. Such as the case of three friends with a computer knack for illegal code and used...