Punishment for Movie Downloaders

By: Will Jones Email
By: Will Jones Email

If you plan to see We Are Marshall at the movie theater, expect to pay around $7 dollars for a ticket, and a little less if you go to a matinee. But some people found a way to see it for free.

It's not only illegal to buy a bootleg copy of the movie, it's also against the law to download it and watch it in your own home.

Nationwide, We Are Marshall may be just another movie, but here locally, it's a must see.

For some, seeing the movie is as easy as a click of a mouse. We Are Marshall is one of the many movies you can download illegally online.

Internet piracy cost movie studios $2.3 billion dollars in 2005. Some say downloaders are not only ripping off the movie industry, they're also shortchanging themselves.

Paying less than $10 dollars to see it at the theater also doesn't compare to the fine downloaders might pay if they're caught. Online downloaders could face a fine up to $150,000 dollars.

Otherwise, online downloaders may be getting something extra with their movie…a hefty fine.

The people most likely to download are our nation's brightest, which are college students! The movie industry attributes 44 percent of its losses to piracy to college students.


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