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How Many copyright Laws has he broken?

  1. Dec 18, 2004 #1
    I've always wondered....

    Someone i know downloads a ridiculous amount of data from the internet. It is unbelievable how much he downloads and uploads. He owns over a hundred movies, full DVD’s, all ripped from the internet.

    If he was somehow caught uploading or downloading, what do you think the fine would be? How many laws would he have broken?


    (dekoi does not participate in any illegal activity; this reply's mention to illegal activities is strictly hypothetical ) :smile:
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2004 #2
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  4. Dec 18, 2004 #3

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    I don't know Canadian laws. In the US, if they really wanted to make an example of you, and some do, you'd have the FBI knocking at the door confiscating your computer for evidence and arresting you. The reason it would be the FBI is that transactions over the internet fall under the category of interstate commerce, so aren't really enforced by local law enforcement. Of course, that might also depend on whether they thought any money had exchanged hands in the transaction. It might be more of a civil suit if nothing is being bought and sold. I'm sure the cost if caught if far more than the cost of buying that stuff legitimately.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2004 #4

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    Technically each download is a separate violation of the law, so if your friend has obtained "over a hundred movies", then that is over a hundred violations for which he can be prosecuted at the discretion of those whose copyrights have been violated.

    Most countries have reciprocity regarding copyright and patent law (either through bilateral or multilateral agreements or treaties), but the judicial administrator of one country does not have jurisdiction in another country and vice versa. The copyright owner must file charges in the country where the offense has occurred.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2004 #5
    He'd be about throat deep in a real POS.
     
  7. Dec 18, 2004 #6

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    In Canada it is completely legal to download files from the internet since your paying an additional tax on all cds, mp3 players, etc to defray the cost. In the United States you can go to jail for some years.
     
  8. Dec 18, 2004 #7
    Could you please post a reference for this? Thanks.

    Why do people upload anyway? Do all "uploaders" have a site that advertises or something?
     
  9. Dec 18, 2004 #8

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  10. Dec 18, 2004 #9
    File-sharing ethics! :tongue2: If no one uploads, how do you expect to download anything?
     
  11. Dec 18, 2004 #10

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    Now that sounds more like the way Canadians would do things! :tongue2: You can download all you want, but if nobody uploads, that doesn't get you very far. It actually makes a surprising amount of sense though. Afterall, the person with the actual CD in their hands has that little bit about it being copyright protected material right in front of them, so have fair notice that what they are about to do is illegal, while it's a lot harder for someone downloading to really know (if they should know is another issue) whether the material is being distributed with permission or not.
     
  12. Dec 18, 2004 #11
    So as a Canadian can I legally download movies? What about movies that haven't came out on video?
     
  13. Dec 18, 2004 #12
    I download tons of stuff, COME GET ME :biggrin:
     
  14. Dec 18, 2004 #13

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    I drive a couple hundred miles to the Canadian border for my monthly quota of downloading :wink:
     
  15. Dec 18, 2004 #14
    You wouldn't get in trouble unless you distribute them...
     
  16. Dec 18, 2004 #15
    I have 2-3 hard drives full of everything from Music to Videos to Games, I don't know anyone who's even been charged (ok, I do know ONE, but he's an american) downloading is openly discussed in public areas, it's not an issue in Canada.
     
  17. Dec 18, 2004 #16
    No way. :shy:
    Well i guess im going to jail. Actually... no, i'm an incredible leacher when it comes to files.
     
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