As the internet community grows more and more popular so do the companies out there trying to SCAM you. I, myself have ran across quite a few of these, especially in the entertainment industry.
As 2008 progresses, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) are cracking down and expanding their enforcement. Anytime Kissanime you download music and movies for free over the internet you are highly risking a chance of getting caught with a pretty hefty fine. These fines can range anywhere from a $100 fine and restricted or no internet usage for 1 year or more, up to $250,000 fine for the “No Electronic Theft Act” for first time offenders.
You may be wondering, “how likely is it that I will get caught?” Well starting in 2006 the feds started watching these free downloading sites and programs. Such as Limewire, Morpheus, Kazzaa, and Bit-torrent sites. The thing about it is, anytime you download a single song from any of these free programs, during the download process they can track you down by using your IP address which is linked to you ISP (Internet Service Provider). After that they can file a lawsuit against your ISP. So you should beware that even though you think you’re not doing anything wrong, your ISP provider is deffinately looking at everything you’re doing on the web. Especially the bigger Internet Service Providers, such as AOL, Verizon, Comcast… etc.
A recent survey of teenagers reported that 87% believed they should be punished for illegally downloading copyrighted material. Of these 87%, there were a range of punishments they thought suitable such as going to juvenile hall to being exposed as a thief in their community.
Of these teenagers, 65% of them reported that they download illegal movies and music because they can’t afford to pay for them. Now there are some pretty good programs you can use to legally download movies and music with a fairly affordable price such as Napster and Itunes which is about .99 cents per song. To Rhaspody which has a monthly fee of about $13.00. The problem with Rhaspody is that these songs don’t actually download to your computer, and with Itunes and Napster. Say you want 3,000 songs. Well that can get pretty expensive and quite fast. Heck, who has $3,000.00 for songs alone?