If you buy a book and loan it to a friend it is not a crime. If that friend then loans it to one of their friends it is also not a crime. If you make a single photo-copy of the book for your own use or loan the copy to a friend or stranger it is generally legal and comes under fair-use exemptions of copyright law. Libraries can legally loan out books, DVDs, CDs and other media to as many people as they want.
However, if you scan a book into digital format and loan the same book to a friend or stranger via the Internet it is illegal in some countries, but not others.
Copyright law was created to protect the rights of media creators. After all, would you want someone to take a book, song, photo or film that you created and sell it as their own? No, that would be wrong and it would infringe on your rights as the creator of the works and your ability to produce revenue from your labors. Copyright protection is generally a good thing for the content creators.
The Internet makes it possible to distribute copyrighted materials to very large numbers of users. Many of those users benefit from the copyrighted material and never pay anything for it. Only a small percentage of users seek to profit monetarily from the work of others.
Many of the people who download copyrighted material are generally thought of as moral and compassionate people, yet they are breaking the law and could go to jail or pay huge fines if caught sharing copyrighted material in digital format.
Some of the common justifications for sharing copyrighted material includes:
– The markup on media is far too high. A writer may only receive 5% of the retail price of a book. A musician typically makes pennies from every CD sold. An $80 textbook only costs about $2 to print. At TV program makes its money in advertising and once aired it has already generated its profit. Most content creators are usually not rewarded very well for their work and the money goes to large greedy corporations that care only about profits. At the same time, some artists are rewarded too well and make a fortune from mediocre work while truly talented artists starve. The mass media production and distribution system is rotten and people are sick of it and see file-sharing as a way to punish or simply opt-out of a corrupt system.
– Information should be free to benefit all. This argument could be justified to a certain degree but not all media is of any real benefit and if all media was free there would be a lot less of it and the quality would decline substantially. If media is produced through taxes and made available to all then it should certainly be free. The BBC has made its archive freely available to British citizens. However, only a small portion of media created with US taxpayer money is available freely to US citizens.
Regardless of the justification for sharing copyrighted information the ability to do so won’t last for much longer. Efforts are underway to control and censor the Internet and this moment in history is the golden age of information availability. Some feel that we should grab all the information we can now, before it is unavailable.
The safest way to download files is through the bittorrent protocol. To download bittorrent files you need a client installed on your computer and the torrent files. One of the better bittorrent clients is U-Torrent available from www.utorrent.com. The best source for torrent files is www.PirateBay.org.
On Pirate Bay you can find a wide range of videos, e-books and audio books, music and software.
If you ever wanted to know how to build your own robot, now might be a good time to download copies of “Make” magazine. Back issues of Mother Earth News, Home Power and other useful magazines are also available. The book “Humanure” is a great book on generating power from poop. You can also find books and videos on how to resist fascism.
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You shouldn’t share files if you have a static IP address and live in a country where file-sharing may be illegal – otherwise you can be easily identified. You should also not download any executable files (those ending in .exe) unless you know for sure that the file doesn’t contain a virus or trojan.
Be aware that if you download music and have a lot of it on your computer and share it with others you could face heavy fines and jail time. If you download independent documentaries, TV shows and e-books you won’t likely be bothered, at least for now.
Be aware that control of the US Justice Dept. has recently been given to attorneys previously working for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This effectively gives control over the Justice Dept. to large corporations who will use their power to control access to digital media. It is only a matter of time that people who share digital media end up in prison along with the other people deemed a threat to the new world order.