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Should people who download movies and music illegally be punished?

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Spencer Root

on 4 January 2013

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By:Spencer Root Should people who download movies and music illegally be punished? The basic pirater Final Thoughts - What is pirating? Why is it illegal? - Distributing Consequences - Google Protests - Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished? - Pirating is the form of sharing, downloading, and getting music, movies, and games for free. - How do they do it? - There is different sites that people use to share these "files".
i.e: Pirate bay, uTorrent, and 4shared. - Viruses - Sopa and PIPA act - Private info lost While on these "free" downloading sites, you can encounter a
Virus The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act are both bills to try and stop piracy and to protect people's internet. These two bills were very controversial with the public. The laws would ban any unoriginal video on youtube. Yup, any lyrics video, scene from a show, or music video not run by VEVO. Luckily, these laws did not pass. An IP address is an exclusive number online devices use to identify and communicate with each other through computer networks. This process can best be compared to how we receive mail to our home address. An IP address would be most similar to a mailing address, while the network would be compared to the town you live in. Just like our home addresses, information cannot be sent or received by devices without a specific address. Cited Works http://www.whatismyip.com/ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57360665-503544/sopa-pipa-what-you-need-to-know/ - Watching It is in fact illegal
to distribute copyrighted
work. That is called infringement. It is not, however, illegal to watch these
For example, you can watch a stream of a video or a recording
of a video, and not be doing anything wrong ( i.e Youtube,
Hulu, Netflix) but as soon as you download and distribute these videos, you are doing infringement. Work Cited http://www.newmediarights.org/business_models/artist/what_legal_consequences_can_there_be_illegally_downloading_movies_or_music - Wikipedia - Reddit Google protested against SOPA and
PIPA by blacking out their name in their homepage Wikipedia, like Google, also went black. Wikipedia's protest gained many supporters and got them thinking. Reddit, just like Google, Wiki,
and many others also blacked out for 12 hours. Reddit has a large community and it could get its message across crystal clear.

I personally think they shouldn't - WHY? Now, obviously the movies and music companies
are loosing big money. But there is a big risk in downloading it. I think people who upload it should be punished. Not the downloaders. They're not the ones doing infringement.
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