Illegal Downloading Discussion

In chapter 6, there is a discussion about illegal downloading. “The minimum damages that the court must award for infringement is $750 per infringing act. In cases where the infringement can be shown to be “willful,” damages could be as high as $150,000 per infringement, or $600 million for the 4,000 songs on an iPod. For defendants who can prove that they weren’t even aware of the infringement, the court still must award at least $200 per infringement—a “mere” $800,000 for 4,000 songs.” Discuss how you feel about illegal downloading. Pro or con? Use sources to support your views.

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