Consequences of Illegal Downloading
Most of us don't have over half a million dollars lying around the house. But, if you download files which you have not paid for or share files without the permission of the copyright holder, you just might have to pay that much. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, distribution of copyright materials is punishable by law. Those found guilty of copyright infringement may face the following penalties:
- Up to five years in jail
- Fines and charges of up to $150,000 per file
- In addition to any other charges that might be brought against you, the copyright holder can file suit, which can result in legal fees and damages that must be paid.