by Stevie Hall*
With the vast advancement of technology, copyright infringement is becoming more and more of a problem. Whether you illegally download or not, are you safe from an accusation?
A few articles have recently been released about copyright trolls that raise concern among the cyberspace population. A copyright troll is an individual or company that attempts to use litigation (legal proceedings in court), or the threat of it as a means of profit. If you receive any type of communication from a company or law firm that suggests it’s a copyright owner, contact Student Legal & Mediation services as soon as you can.
We recommend these tips:
– Never download anything from the internet without paying for it.
– Receiving copyrighted material is just as illegal as downloading it.
Criminal penalties for downloading copyrighted material are expensive. Just for music, it can be up to 5 years in prison, and/or $750 (minimum, yes minimum) for each song. One woman downloaded 24 songs, and was fined $80,000 for each song, resulting in $1.92 million in total fines.
If you are accused of illegally downloaded or sharing copyrighted material, please contact our office by phone 936-294-1717, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to our office in LSC 330 to schedule an appointment. Let our office point you in the right direction.