So you want to use the Internet to get some freebie Hollywood blockbusters? Perhaps you are doing some research because your friends are doing it. Or perhaps you’ve developed an addiction to the free stuff already and have downloaded a few. You may want to pause and think about it some, regardless of whether you’ve downloaded a few or not. A good deal of what gets on the web today was uploaded illegally and is breaching copyright law. In theory, a person is breaking the law and can be prosecuted when downloading or viewing this material.
Due to the epidemic proportions of on line theft of copyrighted movies, organizations like MPAA are getting ever more aggressive in their efforts to fight it. The possibility of being sued is ever present every time someone engages in illegal downloads. The likelihood of getting caught will increase as enforcement gets intensified over time.
Often, some nasty surprises such as viruses, mal ware, spy ware, or unwanted pornography can be bundled up with illegal movie downloads. It is not that uncommon to have your computer destroyed by a virus or having sensitive personal information released and exploited. This is not exaggeration, particularly if you are getting your downloads from peer-to-peer (p2p) networks.
On p2p networks, getting a file full of advertisements instead of your movie can occur quite frequently. Before you can get access to the actual movie download they might require that you jump through a variety of hoops. This may involve subscribing with your email address to endless advertising promotions.
The war against piracy of copyrighted material has been stepped up by the film and music industries. Anti-piracy measures such as criminal prosecution and loss of Internet access may become the norm as the Internet wild west days come to a close. A good deal of progress has been made in p2p anti-piracy enforcement in Europe.
Download memberships only have legal movies and are free of viruses, worms, spy ware and mal ware. By contrast, the true risk to the health of your PC are the free movies from questionable sources. You never know what sort unpleasant surprise is in store for you when you engage in p2p file sharing or download unknown media players.
In order to furnish movies and films for legal download by their customers, the legitimate on line download memberships are cooperating with the major studios. The hazards that accompany illegal movie downloads can be avoided and some peace of mind can be attained. Preserve the integrity of your bank account, your computer and your privacy by taking advantage of legal movie download memberships.
NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.
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Author Sam Harris talks about internet piracy and its effect on creators. Taken from his podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/samharrisorg/ask-me-anything-1
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