I found an article in the Watertown Daily Times dated April 28, 2006, about a woman who got caught in the middle of a crackdown by the film industry and was sued for illegally downloading 2 movies. She had two movies downloaded on her home computer. The movies were downloaded by a 13 year on her home computer. The movies were â€œAre We There Yetâ€ and â€œMillion Dollar Babyâ€ which the woman said â€œwere not even good movies. â€ The movies weres downloaded without her consent or knowledge. Like many people, the woman says she has very limited skills when it comes to the internet. She said she is familiar with getting her email, but thatâ€™s about it. But authorities state that they were downloaded on her computer so she is responsible.
She is being fned $166 for three years and they are saying she got off cheap.
The woman believes that due to the circumstances she should hace received a warning but ignorance of th law is no excuse was the th reason she was gtice that the judgement stands.
The Motion Picture Association of American states that the illegal downloading of movies has lost them ocer $1 billion in revenues. Video piracy messages are now posted all over mainstream society so everyone by now should know that this is illegal. Lawmakers are creating new laws and stepping up their surveylieannce to catch as they are commonly called video pirates and peer to peer swapping of movies over the internet. These crines are punishable by law and includes fines ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 and up to five years in prison,.
Sever hundred lawsuits have been filed from the smallest towns to the biggest cities as this is becoming a major nationwide criminal issue disseminated copyrighted materials.
When enough people get caught, they will will find out that the cost of stealing a movie far outweighs the cost of going to a movie. Most people are unaware that they can be caught throught their internet service provider.
She acknowledges that some of the movie-swapping could be children doing it without parental consent or knowledge.
"In many of the individual suits, people aren't aware that someone in their house is pirating movies," she said.
The association has information on its Web site, www.mpaa.org, that can tell parents how to recognize movie files and common peer-to-peer file sharing applications that have been installed on their computer.
Ms. Childers said her boyfriend's son did not know downloading movies is illegal. She cautions people to be careful of what they download onto their computers. I am researching (removed by moderator) I am looking for opinions on which one gives the best quality for the best price. I am getting all kinds of answers for this question. Some say you will not get caught. Some say you will get caught eventually. Some people say no movie is free and if you get a movie off the internet and pay nothing you are breaking the law.