Your Kids & Online Piracy-What You Need to Know

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child-online-piracyEven though online music piracy has been happening for years, and even though many companies are starting to find ways to put the kibosh on it, there are still plenty of people—including children—that are downloading music illegally.

Some people, especially children, don’t realize that it is actually a serious crime to pirate music, and this serious crime can have very serious effects. The following are a few things you need to know about your child and pirating online music.

There are still tons of piracy websites.

Most parents that are out of the loop think that websites like Napster and Limewire don’t exist anymore, and while these two don’t, there are still hundreds of piracy websites out there. Pirate Bay is a popular one, and even though they recently found themselves in a lawsuit, they gave their code to anyone who entered the site, and many more Pirate Bay-type websites were born.

Kids are sharing files between each other.

Even if your child doesn’t download a song illegally on their own, if they engage in websites that share files between users, this is still a form of piracy. If caught, peer-to-peer piracy is still punishable by law.

Kids are finding creative ways around copyrights.

Popular video websites like YouTube have allowed companies to state whether or not content is copyrighted, and YouTube does something special to the video to help it from being copied. Unfortunately, for as smart as YouTube’s developers and programmers are, there’s another smart person out in the world who can find their way around it—and they have. Most copyrighted songs and videos on YouTube can easily be converted by any user, which is also a form of piracy.

Some Internet providers are cracking down.

It’s possible that your Internet provider may be keeping tabs on the websites you visit and may stop your internet service if they find that you are frequenting piracy websites. Most providers will give you a warning, but some may go as far as turning your Internet off, and if you don’t know that your child is pirating music, this could come as a very expensive and unwanted shock to your family.

Pirating has become easier.

Years ago, pirating music used to be a lengthy process that involved your home computer. Today, songs can be downloaded in seconds, and the music can be stored in a cloud device and played anywhere—on an iPhone, a tablet, an iPod. This means that your child doesn’t have to find the room to store the music or wait forever for the download to occur. Because of this, your child can pirate music from anywhere while anywhere.

It’s punishable by law.

Lawmakers are always trying to work on music pirating laws, and each year, new rules and regulations are put into place. If caught pirating music, you (or your child) could not only face a very hefty amount of fines, but depending on the offense, jail time may even be a consequence.

Because online pirating is breaking the law, it’s very important that you have a conversation with your child about the importance of purchasing their music legally.

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