What are some dangers of downloading free movies illegally?


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Downloading free movies illegally leaves a person vulnerable to spyware infections and if he is caught, copyright infringement penalties of up to five years in jail or fines, legal fees and damages, according to Webster University. Distributing a copyrighted file, such as a movie, without permission is also a crime.

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Copyright law protects copyrighted media from being copied or resold without the permission of the copyright owner and imposes heavy penalties on those who break the law, explains Webster University. In the United States, the two primary watchdogs for movie and music copyright violations are the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, and the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA.

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