Oct 16, 2018
by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
It’s difficult to tell which online content is illegal to download. Copyright laws can seem confusing, but the bottom line is this: it’s illegal to download copyrighted material from websites, music labels, video game developers, and film producers.
Most consumers of content don't understand copyright and other intellectual property laws. Children will be even slower to consider them.
Since it's so easy to download and copy content illegally (and inadvertently), it's important that people of all ages—especially parents, kids, and grandparents—know the risks of illegal downloading so we can protect ourselves from legal ramifications.
Three main risks are detailed below.
Kids, parents, and/or grandparents may face legal consequences for illegally downloading copyrighted content from the web. According to the Music Publishers Association of the United States, the legal ramifications of downloading copyrighted material illegally, including music, are:
The remedies provided by the law to a copyright owner mean that anyone found making illegal copies, or otherwise infringing, could face: Statutory damages of from $750 to $30,000 and, if the court finds willfulness, up to $150,000; and if willful infringement for commercial advantage and private financial gain is proved, fines of up to $250,000 and/or five years’ imprisonment, or both.
Below are 9 tips to consider for not just parents, but anyone who shares their devices with others (like grandparents and childcare providers).
It’s difficult to know what online content, such as music, video games, and films are copyrighted. It’s a new concept—for kids, grandparents, childcare providers, and others—that’s important to understand. Parents can be fined up to $250,000 and sentenced to 5-years in prison if their child has downloaded copyrighted material and use it in certain ways.
It helps to educate yourself about legal online downloads, teach kids and others who use your devices which sites are credible for downloading online content (like music), and educate them about copyright infringement. Be clear that downloading isn’t anonymous, check browsing history and software downloads for unfamiliar activity, keep security software updated, and begin discussions as soon as you can.
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