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As a form of intellectual property, digital piracy has been a struggle for the entertainment industry. Digital piracy, also known as electronic piracy, is the bootlegging of all types of media through means of digital file sharing. Copies of sleeve inserts and other album art is considered digital piracy also, under the grounds of copyright infringement. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) blames digital piracy for costing the movie industry $3.5 billion a year. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claims that losses amount to $4.2 billion a year.
Since the owner of a copyright is usually it's creator, only the creator has exclusive rights to reproduce the copyrighted work. The Family Entertainment and Copyright (FEC) Act of 2005 has made it illegal to use video cameras or other recording devices in movie theatres. A person convicted of video taping a movie can be imprisoned for 3-6 years. Bootleggers can face prosecution under the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997, which makes it illegal to share music files on the internet. People who use P2P networks are violating this law. Trafficking illegal recordings of live events or performances for financial gain could be means for 5-10 years of imprisonment.
Federal laws on digital piracy constantly change and are complex. Only an experienced digital piracy attorney would understand these strict laws. It is recommended to consult an attorney who knows how to proceed with digital piracy cases. An attorney can help throughout the process of investigation and help minimize the potential consequences.
If you have been accused of digital piracy and need a digital piracy lawyer to assist you right away, contact Attorney Search Network. We can help you find a digital piracy lawyer in your area who can assist you in challenging digital piracy charges.
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