Being aware of copyright doesn’t always change behavior

Copyright didn’t bother me as much when I was younger.  I used to copy and paste any image I wanted from the internet, download music from Limewire, and share music with others.  I felt invincible, like no one could stop me from doing this things…except maybe my mom when I starting downloading viruses on the computer.

Now that I’m older, I think I’m more conscientious of the way I use and share media online.  When I got senior pictures done 4 years ago, I posted them online, but tagged them to the photography studio that took them.  When I watch videos online, I don’t personally download anything from illegal sites, using Hulu, or a T.V. network’s site to access the content.  I post videos on YouTube and make sure they don’t have songs or other information that could be considered as stolen.

However, I have experienced copyright violation in the past year, even the past week.  There have been a few times when I have copies pictures from Google image search to put as my profile picture on Facebook (ex: Final Harry Potter movie poster before the movie was released in theaters!!)  When I wanted to watch a show with my boyfriend this past week, he downloaded it illegally to watch it.  A different friend posted a video on YouTube that got taken down because of infringement.  Yet another friend downloaded a TERABYTE of movies onto his computer last month because all his movies got lost.  Charter contacted him and basically said stop, or there will be further action taken.  So, while the consequences of copyright seem more real to me and others, there are times that we still do tip-toe the line of legality and figure out how much we can get away with, sometimes crossing the line a bit too much.

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