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Illegal Downloading of Music and Movies

  • Date Submitted: 03/09/2011 08:31 PM
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Back in the 70s the form of communication 2
Have you ever watched a burnt copy of a movie 2
Now you probably ask yourself, “how easy is this to do?” 2
Now on to movies, the laws work the same way 3
Now you’re probably wondering 3
The RIAA has tried to make everyone aware 3

Back in the 70s the form of communication was through land line phones and through papers, radios, and televisions. Today, in 2010 most people (turn to other forms) of communication, for example computers and smart mobile phones. There is very little that cannot be done online. You can shop for groceries. You can order things and pay bills. Things sound so great with all these features that the online community has but there are some down sides to things promoted as being so great. You can break laws just as quick (on line) as you can while driving down the road. One of the biggest problems with the ease of accessibility on line is illegal downloading of music and movies.  
Have you ever watched a burnt copy of a movie or even listened to a cd that a friend copied for you? Most people today own at least one burnt cd. With owning this cd is that it was made illegally and you possessing it is illegal. Since the advent of downloadable music there have been more than 20,000 lawsuits regarding the illegal downloading of media. The RIAA filed a case against Jeffrey Howell for illegal downloading music when he owned more the 2,000 cds. Howell decided to back them up on his PC.   After that he would recopy them on blank cds for back-up purposes. The RIAA stated that is was illegal to copy any forms of music from its original form into or onto another medium.   Another case was in Minnesota, This was the first time the industry had taken the issue to a grand jury.   Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay $220,000, to the big record companies. That’s $9,250 for each of 24 files she was sharing online. It is estimated that internet piracy has cost the industry 300 million in cd...

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