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Sitting at work bored as [bleep], and wondering. If someone goes out and buys a movie or album, and they put it on the internet for others to download, is that considered piracy, or just the people downloading the copied files who don't actually own it? I know it's legal to own something and make a backup of it. But, I'm thinking that the guy posting the material should be the one prosecuted first, because without a host, the leeches can't survive. But, I'm wondering is he doing anything illegal? It's like me buying the movie and making a copy and giving it to my best friend. Except in this case his best friend is millions of random people. Either way, no is making a profit from it. What's your take on this?
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it's still illegal...We have a very nice write up on copyright laws by dsenette Here

Have a look there :)
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Look at the beginning of every movie made now. It states Copyright infringement even without monetarily gain.
In simple form even if you make no money and share the movie due to ripping or online it is still considered copyright infringement.
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