Piracy is a growing crime in the United States, more specifically in the high school to college age youth. As music, movies, and other media grows more popular, so does the demand for it. The prices of media seem to be growing, and many people cannot afford it. The decision is obvious, illegal downloading. However, this is more harmful that most people may think. This essay will be covering the three main reasons why illegal media downloading is harmful. One: downloading music and other media eventually causes financial distress on the producing company. Two: downloading illegal can spread computer viruses, and malware. And three: it's illegal.
The peer-to-peer file-sharing program has been growing for years. The ease of hearing a song on the radio and clicking download has made most of the general public numb to the fact that peer to peer file sharing is illegal. This growing problem has caused many media companies to lose a vast amount of money do to illegally downloaded media. A ordinary Digital Video Disk (DVD) will generally cost about fourteen dollars (USD). If one hundred people were to download a movie, then the movie producing company would have lost one thousand four hundred dollars, excluding tax and ignoring the fact that many people own Blu-ray players now. In 2008, peer to peer sharing of movies cost the movie industry six hundred and seventy million dollars (Bowels 1) . That is quite a hefty amount of money, most of the time piracy of a movie is on a newly released movie, or a movie that has not been released yet. MPAA and NATO are offering reward to many ushers who catch people in theaters with camcorders who are illegally recording the film in order to distribute it, or even sell it (Bowels 1). Downloads of movies is not the only offense of Internet piracy; illegal music downloading is one of the most popular forms of piracy on the Internet. In 2007 and 2008 alone, a whopping ninety five percent of music downloads were illegal (Adams 1)!...
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