Q: unknowingly downloaded copyrighted material.
I downloaded a game which released in 2016 from torrent 3 days ago. I didn't know what is torrent and I didn't know what I was doing is illegal.I watched a YouTube video teaching how to download the game and so I followed the video step by step and downloaded it and torrent, they didn't mention about illegal problems so I really have no idea. After I learned about it, I deleted everything immediately. However, I think this might too late since I already downloaded it. i'm so worry about what is going to happen and I don't know what to do.
I did some research and mostly said I might need to pay for tens or hundreds of thousands dollars bill for downloading illegal copyrighted material. I don't think I can pay for it, I am still a student who do not have a job.
It was my first time downloaded copyrighted material illegally and I didn't know it. Do you think I could have a second change or something?
A: Having defended hundreds of these BitTorrent download cases (mostly Strike 3 Holdings, LLC movies), the best I can tell you (not legal advice) is to STOP downloading and sharing movies. If you are found to have downloaded, let's say, 20 or more movies - that is about the lowest number I have seen them pursue - yes, they could eventually find out and come after you by filing either a "Bill of Discovery" in Miami-Dade County Court (Florida) seeking your name and address, or sometimes they will just file a lawsuit, for example in the Central District of California or Northern District of California (two popular venues). So, STOP your downloading immediately. That is step one for sure. Good luck
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.