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Downloading Movies and Music

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philip patton

on 2 June 2011

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Is Downloading Movies wrong? YES!!! How do you get caught! 1 There are various technical monitoring services who are employed by the MPAA, the RIAA, and various copyright and government authorities. They are paid to watchdog millions of users on the Internet.

2 Through digital surveillance means, those third-party monitoring services or your ISP Internet Service Provider) will notice your large bandwidth use. You will then be regularly monitored and your downloads will be examined.

3 Once these authorities deem your downloading to be a breach of copyright law, and once they decide that you are worth prosecuting, your real identity will then be clarified. This is when your ISP divulges your home address and contact information, either willingly or under threat by the prosecuting entity.

4 You might be lucky enough to receive a warning email only. But if you are like some unlucky users, you will receive a threatening legal letter. Do you like movies and music? The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found a Minnesota woman shared copyrighted music online and levied $222,000 in damages against her.

Jurors ordered Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs online in violation of their copyrights. BOSTON — A federal jury on Friday ordered a Boston University graduate student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music online to pay $675,000 to four record labels.

Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted in court that he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. The only issue for the jury to decide was how much in damages to award the record labels.

Under federal law, the recording companies were entitled to $750 to $30,000 per infringement. But the law allows as much as $150,000 per track if the jury finds the infringements were willful. The maximum jurors could have awarded in Tenenbaum's case was $4.5 million.

Jurors ordered Tenenbaum to pay $22,500 for each incident of copyright infringement, effectively finding that his actions were willful. The attorney for the 25-year-old student had asked the jury earlier Friday to "send a message" to the music industry by awarding only minimal damages.

Tenenbaum said he was thankful that the case wasn't in the millions and contrasted the significance of his fine with the maximum.

"That to me sends a message of 'We considered your side with some legitimacy,'" he said. "$4.5 million would have been, 'We don't buy it at all.'"

He added he will file for bankruptcy if the verdict stands. Do you want to keep seeing new movies and new music??? Then we all need to stop these illegal downloads!!! It's Stealing! ITS ILLEGAL! What the law says. Making unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings is against the law and may subject you to civil and criminal liability. A civil law suit could hold you responsible for thousands of dollars in damages. Criminal charges may leave you with a felony record, accompanied by up to five years of jail time and fines up to $250,000. You may find this surprising. After all, compact discs may be easily be copied multiple times with inexpensive CD-R burning technology. Further, when you’re on the Internet, digital information can seem to be as free as air. U.S. copyright law does in fact provide full protection of sound recordings, whether they exist in the form of physical CD’s or digital files. Regardless of the format at issue, the same basic principal applies: music sound recordings may not be copied or distributed without the permission of the owner. What the courts say A long series of court rulings has made it very clear that it’s against the law both to upload and download copyrighted music without permission. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with sound recordings, pictures, software or written text. The courts have consistently ruled that many peer-to-peer (P2P) programs and other unauthorized uploading and downloading inherently amount to copyright infringement and therefore constitute a crime. Sources The Law. (2011). The Law. Retrieved fromhttp://www.riaa.com/physicalpiracy.php?content_selector=piracy_online_the_law

12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading. (2003, September 9). U.S. & World . Retrieved from http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,96797,00.html
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