why do people download illegally

Why most people that don’t steal from stores or any physical places, do that through the internet? I asked my nephew that question and he answered me by saying “why not”. After a long discussion and thinking with myself, I end up with three reasons why people steal through the internet and it doesn’t sound bad.

First reason is, internet is an open word full with data with out humans. What I mean is when we go to a particular website, we see all these different files there and it’s so easy to have them, that gives you kind of it’s okay to download them. I’ll hurt nobody if I do so. We think that way because we don’t take the time to think logically and deeply about it.

Second, media doesn’t cover this topic quite enough. So people don’t have enough info about it ethically and socially. Some people really don’t consider downloading a file that belong to somebody else is steeling.


The other important factor in my opinion is, there are no clear lows against the criminals. If someone attack some gas station, all of us know exactly what he or she will end up with. On the other hand if someone download a song or a movie we’re not sure about the punishment. It’s might be only warring or arrest and prosecute or might be nothing and this last case what most of us face if we download illegally. Things like these people don’t take it seriously until they create a uniform clear punishment for all people everywhere.


3 thoughts on “why do people download illegally

  1. First off, I believe people ‘pirate’ content for many reasons but the foremost reason is accessibility. People know where to get content from without paying for it. I’m sure if I asked any 18-22 year-old, they could name a few sites to illegally download TV shows, movies and music content from. Often its easier to access than legally purchasing the content.

    Also, since people know where to get it from, why would they waste their money on something when they could get it for free?

  2. I absolutely agree with your point that accessibility of content is one of the most important reasons and I think you brought up a great point regarding how easy it is to find a full comprehensive list of movies and songs illegally while finding them legally is not always so easy. One example comes to mind is how on Netflix, its inevitable that you can’t stream that movie you talked about with your friends, while it’s widely available illegally across the web. Unless the entertainment industry gets its act together and provide all of their content legally and easily across the web, this problem is here to stay.

  3. I agree that accessibility is the main reason why people download, but i disagree with the fact that they is not enough media. we all know its illegal but the difference is no one is watching you when you download and you are usually in the comfort of your own home and once you have gotten away with it you just simply choose to forget that its wrong and that it might have consequences.

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