Copyright piracy is a crime, even if you are a college student. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t mean any harm. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t do it to make money. It doesn’t matter that plenty of other people have done it without getting caught. When you make illegal copies of computer software, music, movies, or games, you are stealing. It’s a crime. And the punishment can be severe.
By law, you can be sued for up to $150,000 in damages for each copyrighted work that you copy illegally. That’s $150,000 each. Add it up: a half dozen pirated software programs, a couple dozen pirated movies, a dozen or so pirated video games, and a couple hundred pirated songs – that’s more than $36 million in damages!
Worse, you can be prosecuted by federal authorities, fined up to $250,000, and sentenced to jail for up to five years. And that’s on top of the millions in damages you could have to pay if you’re sued.
Meet a software pirate who paid for his crime the hard way. It’s a story you’ll never forget. Click here to view the B4UCopy video.
Think it doesn’t happen? Take a look into the case file. Just click the tabs to meet some college students who thought the same thing, until it happened to them.
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