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My Story of Getting Busted for Downloading Music

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So you fancy your downloaded music? Well, guess what, you pirating son of a bitch: the Man’s gonna getcha. Believe me; I know firsthand. One moment, I was floating through the web, using Kazaa and Limewire to download my favorite Ace of Base songs, then BOOM! I’m doin’ time. Well, not really, but you’ll see.

Let’s backtrack a bit. I had just persuaded my mother to bring my desktop to the fraternity house. Let the guiltless hiding-of-the-porn-in-a-separate-folder, illegal downloading free-for-all commence! An album here, a movie there, it was cooler than penguin shit. My roommate wanted in. “Do you mind if I download this new song I love?”“Sure,” I said confidently, feeling like Jesus Himself, feeding the masses with fish and bread, well, username and login, in this case.

Then all the brothers in my ‘fraternity’ file started sharing off the same machine. Before I knew it, the popped-collar posse and I had gathered more than 200,000 downloaded pieces of media.

One day, the phone rang.

All I recall are the words “under investigation for illegally downloading and file sharing” coming through the receiver. It’s pretty much like getting that ‘I’m pregnant‘ call from your ex-girlfriend. (Not that I’d know anything about that.)

Next, a thick envelope was delivered to the house. Inside it was a list of my entire Kazaa media library, along with an official notice to appear in court. Maybe just a warning will serve, right? Nuh-uh. Not only did I land the maximum fine, but the judge also read off a few of the more interesting names of files I’d downloaded, in front of my parents. Hearing ‘red-headed slut, bondage, facial’ and ‘Horse f***ers,’ in a courtroom in front of my parents was God-awful.

Total fine: $10,000.

Total punches in head from father: 67.

Total pride left after all was said and done: 0.

No matter how much money is coughed up in fines or how many kids get made into examples, the downloading will continue … just not on my machine.

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    1. You know who I am says:

      Getting busted for being stupid is just stupid.

      If you acquire dl of over 1,000 files or more at a constant ip address, using consistently the same websites, constantly staying online, and never I suspect clean or properly maintain your pc – You will get hit and get hit hard by someone. If not the police, then the lawyers, or the criminals, or simply someone that will crash your system.

      I don't think you have learned your lesson yet, so this is fair warning that you have to get your act together or it will happen again.

    2. Emil says:

      Doesn't sound good. Well, how old are you?

    3. bobb says:

      this is obviously written by RIAA employees attempting to scare people into submission.

    4. Steve says:

      Wow I'm so glad our top internet detectives and judges are working hard to bust hardened criminals like this. Those poor music industries only making billions instead of trillions through only commercial deals, concerts, tv shows, etc. How do they ever survive.

      Now that we have evil people like this lolled into submission we can go after small-time criminals like malware makers, hackers, identity thiefs, drug dealers, murders and the rest of the small gang.

    5. Lisa says:

      There were a few people from around my small town who were busted using limewire. They downloaded just one album of their fav band. Sony Music is after them now. Sony is asking a bit much in the lawsuit. They are suing for the full cost of producing the music cd. I guess that's what they get for being idiots and stealing music. As well as wiping your pc. When you format not all info is wiped, there is an area in there where a pc forensic can get in there and see previous files/history (like a finger print) There is a program out but hard to get. It's FBI wipe or cleaner or something. It might be illegal to have though.. dunno..

    6. Andrew says:

      To Lisa:

      Yeah, I know of the program…it's very hard to get a hold of. But you can get it in tons of different sizes…IT'S CALLED A MAGNET TO THE HARD DRIVE! Stupid people are stupid, learn how to use a computer and you will never have a problem with this.

    7. […] My Story of Getting Busted for Downloading Music : College Candy – So you fancy your downloaded music? Well, guess what, you pirating son of a bitch: the Man’s gonna getcha. Believe me; I know firsthand. One moment, I was floating through the web, using Kazaa and Limewire to download my favorite Ace of … […]

    8. Alesha says:

      This has to be a joke!!

    9. unknown says:

      If anyone read this and did not realize that record companies are intentionally trying to get music downloading to stop, than you are a puppet to the government.

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