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Negative effects of illegal music downloading and piracy laws in the US


Piracy is the copying or production of similar work compared to original work put together by another individual. This may be an artist’s music, written work et cetera.

Copyright Law protects the value of creative work. When you copy someone’s creative work, you are taking something of value from the owner without their permission. This law applies to downloaded music and videos from the internet.

Federal Law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized reproduction, distribution, rental or digital transmission of copyrighted sound recordings (Title 17, United States Code, sections 501 and 506).

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 5 years of jail time as well as fines up to $250,000.

The need to get rich quick without actually working hard for it may be the main reason for piracy. It has led to the lack of progress of many artists’ careers since instead of selling their original work, their work is available everywhere at very cheap prices that they do not get any percentage of. It’s about time the pirators considered the work put in by artists. They deserve to earn the right way.

Be warned, copying music or downloading it from the internet and sharing it with friends is tantamount to piracy and can lead to prosecution in criminal court and or sued for damages in civil court. This is regardless of whether or not you did it for profit.


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