Pro law presentation / essay

Essay by woofcatHigh School, 11th gradeA, November 2004

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Hello, As you know my name is ****. My topic for the law seminar is Piracy. Piracy is the unauthorized duplication and distribution of copyright-protected items. These items can be Music, Software, Games, and printed works. I will talk about the penalties of piracy, the way it effects the economy. Now the 2 main questions.

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Maybe you have downloaded a song from the Internet lately. And perhaps that song that you downloaded was by an artist that you had never heard before. Then you might have gotten their CD or gone to see them live. Maybe that artist supported downloading music. Say it was an artist that you had heard of by radio, TV, or another source; if it is that situation, the artist is already getting a lot of money. The Internet is a great way to get your music out to people that in other situations you would not be able to hear it.

Many artists need that. That's why music piracy should be legal

In America the act of piracy is for commercial advantage or private financial gain can be punishable by up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Repeat offenders can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Violators can also be held civilly liable for actual damages, lost profits, or statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringement, as well as attorney's fees and costs. If it's not for profit then the piracy of copyrighted materials can be punished by up to 3 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Repeat offenders can be imprisoned up to 6 years. Individuals also may be held civilly liable, regardless of whether the activity is for profit, for actual damages or lost profits, or for statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringed...