Types of Computer Crimes: Pirating Music


Pirating music is a computer crime that allows for extreme penalties to be imposed with a conviction. An Internet user can pirate music by distributing or downloading a copy of an MP3 or other file type version of a song using a file-sharing network, transferring copyrighted music through an instant messaging service, or distributing CDs with copyrighted music that was downloaded and then burned onto the CD.

If you have been charged with pirating music or any other computer crimes, then you need to contact a Houston Internet crime attorney today. Jim Medley, founding attorney of Jim Medley & Associates P.C., has more than 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, both as an attorney and as a police officer. He has been named as one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers” for three consecutive years. Medley is also a former criminal justice professor, and holds a master’s degree in forensic toxicology.

Medley and his firm have the knowledge and qualifications necessary to take on your case. If you are convicted of pirating music, you can face harsh penalties, including:

  • Up to $250,000 in fines
  • A jail sentence of as much as five years
  • Additional lawsuits from the owners of the copyrighted material
  • Civil liabilities for illegal copying or distribution of up to $150,000 per copyrighted item


Music piracy is a copyright infringement charge, and as such falls under federal jurisdiction. The federal court system is a separate court system, and a federal crime conviction often allows for extreme penalties to be imposed. In many cases, the FBI has been involved in the investigation into your activities, which is frightening in itself.

When facing the unlimited resources of the federal government, you need a powerful defender on your side. The law firm of Jim Medley & Associates will analyze the facts in your case carefully to determine if your constitutional rights were violated or if there were other errors in your case that could allow for a dismissal.

Contact the firm today to discuss your options!