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 materials it’s best to stop now since you never know when you will be caught.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you got in trouble for doing the same thing all the other kids were doing? Your mom or dad would usually saw something along the lines of if all the other kids jumped off a bridge would you do it? Of course not because you knew it was wrong and that’s the point your parents were trying to make to you. If you know something is wrong just don’t do it because when you get in trouble as an adult you’re not just going to get off the hook with a spanking and a time out.
So can you tell me if the risks are so high for piracy and your parents went through all that trouble to raise you knowing the difference between what’s right and wrong then why do people still think it’s ok to illegally download copyrighted materials? Do they honestly think that just because their friends do it it’s somehow ok to do? The fact is no it’s not ok to do stealing is stealing whether you do it online or offline and given the fact that we should all know the difference between right and wrong at this point in our life we should be able to make the ethical decision and do the right thing.
If you do happen to see one of your friends or family...