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This paper will explore the evolution and morality of pirating media not through accusation but by giving data and facts to decide not only the future of media but whether these pirates are actually moral versions of Robin Hood. I will explore this topic through the lens of the pirate starting with a background on the beginning of piracy; explain the illegality of copyright infringement, inform the reader about what happens to caught assailants, and the psychology of why more and more of the US population are illegally downloading media. I am investigating this topic not to point a finger at those guilty of piracy but to discover the analytics behind it and to discover why people take the risk of being prosecuted. The sources I will be pulling from are legal texts; interviews of prosecuted pirates and phycology texts regarding Internet anonymity.



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