The 10 Most Common Internet Crimes

Criminal Copyright Infringement

The Crime: Infringing a copyright for financial gain...or by distributing a work being prepared for commercial distribution on a computer network.

The Time: Infringing a copyright for financial gain comes with more then a slap on the wrist. The Internet makes it extremely easy for an infringer to cross the threshold of federal criminal liability. A mere 10 shared copies with a minimum retail value of $2500 triggers a five year maximum sentence. Distributing a work being prepared for commercial distribution—essentially a 'leak'—carries a possible three year sentence which doubles if you're a repeat offender.

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