Gangster Gunman and Downloader Both Get 5 Years Behind Bars!

A young criminal, 20, was charged and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with recklessly discharging a firearm on September 19th.

On 27th August a 30 year old man was charged and sentenced to the same jail sentence of 5 iyears after police seized 2,000 pirated DVDs and computer equipment allegedly used to manufacture them . The man had also allegedly been operating several web sites offering free access to pirated music videos, movies and computer games to customers around the world.

Now here are two very different crimes which morally seem worlds apart, but in the eyes of the worlds courts they deserve the same punishment. This demonstrates the seriousness of how harsh punishments for illegal downloading are becoming.

In another recent case a Minnesota woman of 30, was left with a staggering $222,000 in damages against her after being sued by six well known record companies for being caught illegally sharing an alleged 1,702 songs with other downloader’s.

Research by NDP (a consumer and retail information company) found that 8 percent of all U.S. households (that’s 6 million people) illegally downloaded a mnimum of 1 copyrighted video from a P2P network in 3 months, whereas only 2 percent of U.S. households purchased a video legally. This shows that at the moment illegal downloading is still by far the more popular option, but what are you willing to lay on the line to get a poor quality version of the new Steven Spielberg cinema release to your desktop just that bit sooner?

A bunch of music download networks, like Napster, Kazaa, Winmx has been stopped, Grokster and Morpheus faces a similar uncertain future.

After the close down of these big file sharing networks there are pay sites that have licensing agreements with the entertainment industry, such as iTunes and Yahoo Music. Unfortunately these top profile download sites often charge a too big fee for their mp3 and video download access. The solution to the problem are legal download sites such as [] which offer a large range of high quality media such as movies, TV shows and music for a much more reasonable price.

Source by Adam D Lee