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Are you downloading movies, books and songs from legal sources?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | White Collar Crimes

You can practically find anything on the internet – if you can imagine it, then it probably already exists. The internet is a great tool for anyone looking to educate themselves or entertain themselves, but you should be careful where you find your content. 

Just because you can find anything online, doesn’t mean you should be able to find anything online, especially for free. Downloading a show, novel or soundtrack could lead to legal repercussions. Here’s what you should know:

Pirating and copyright infringement

Many sites provide a curated amount of entertainment for just about everyone, often with a small price to stream or download the content. Other sites may also provide the same amount of content, and more, for free (often pirated, copied and redistributed) – which is a tempting offer many people take. Yet, “free” can still come with a price.

What many people don’t realize is that movies, books, songs and art (as just a few examples) are all protected by copyright. What this means is any type of intellectual property (IP) is protected from people who wish to copy, alter and redistribute who are not or were not given permission by the original creator, owner or rights holder. In other words, downloading something free online may not be legal because it is infringing on a copyright. 

Generally speaking, content creators aren’t always pleased to find their IP being used or distributed without their permission. A content creator may seek legal action against anyone who is known to infringe on their copyright – this could cause serious fines and even incarceration (particularly when the illegal download is used for profit).

If you’re unsure how to respond to copyright infringement charges against your child, then you may need to know your legal options.