Illegally Downloading Music, Movies and all Copywrighted Materials

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In this paper I am going to talk about the issues with illegally downloading not only music, and movies but all copyrighted materials. The simple fact that just because everyone else may be doing it does not make it right to do. My personal opinion on whether I consider myself a moral person. Then lastly how this compares to the millions that Bernie Madoff stole from his clients.
Whenever you download any copyrighted materials illegally it is considered piracy since the said materials music, movies, game, etc... were not obtained by a purchase. Therefore since the material is protected under the U. S. copyright law those caught and accused can be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Those who are being convicted of a first offense could be fined up to $250,000 and five years in prison.
Besides the obvious ethical and legal issues there are other problems that many people have to deal with because of piracy. Along with any illegally downloaded material you also run the risk of exposing your computers to dangerous viruses, malware, spyware, or other unwanted software, all of these can cause your computer to run more slowly and possibly crash this can lead to costly computer repairs, loss of irreplaceable files, and in the worst cases identity theft.
Some of the free site such as piratebay may seem free but there is a hidden cost for downloading music, movies and other files from them that you may not be aware of. A lot of them will actually turn your computer into a server, or make your computer a branch in a network so that other people can download the same files faster on to their own computer making you a pack mule for illegally distributing copyrighted material. If you are or in the past have downloaded copyrighted materi...

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...nformed decision on the matter. I have also given some of my own personal views on the matter along with how it is similar to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Along with my own morals and ethics are and how all of this relates to the automotive industry.

Works Cited

Knorr, Caroline, “Illegal Downloads: When Sharing Becomes Stealing” (November 19, 2010) https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/illegal-downloads-when-sharing-becomes-stealing (March 31, 2014)
Smith, Aaron, “Five things you didn't know about Bernie Madoff's epic scam” (December 11, 2013) http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/10/news/companies/bernard-madoff-ponzi/ (March 31, 2014)
Raustiala,Kal and Sprigman, Chris, “How Much Do Music and Movie Piracy Really Hurt the U.S. Economy?” (January 12, 2012) http://freakonomics.com/2012/01/12/how-much-do-music-and-movie-piracy-really-hurt-the-u-s-economy/ (March 31, 2014)

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