Copyright Laws?

To be completely honest, I have never paid a whole lot of attention to copyright laws.  Although it’s not necessarily right to disregard them, I, and I’m sure many other people, do anyways.  Of course, when it comes to writing a paper or creating a presentation that I need to use online sources for, I cite the appropriate information so that the author receives credit for his or her ideas.  However, when it comes to illegally downloading music, I don’t think twice about it.  It’s a cheap way to be able to listen to the songs I’m going to be sick of in two weeks on my iPod while I’m walking to class or studying.  Again, it’s not right (actually, it’s illegal) but I haven’t really put much thought into my actions.

Despite the fact that I illegally download music, I’ve always considered downloading movies illegally to be worse.  In my mind, the cost of a song is $1.29 on iTunes, whereas a movie is closer to $15.  It’s pretty hypocritical to think that stealing one product from the internet is acceptable, but stealing another product, which is somewhat similar, is completely unacceptable.  I think part of this mentality comes from seeing the copyright laws advertised on every movie I watched growing up.  It was always visible and apparently made an impact on me in regards to the seriousness of violating copyright laws.

All in all, I do not pay much attention to copyright laws, except when it comes to movies.  Copyright laws are certainly important and should be given the appropriate attention.  After learning more about copyright laws and regulations, I have become more aware of the issues and the importance of these laws.  I will certainly think more about violating copyright laws in the future.