Types of Computer Crimes: Pirating Music


Pirating music is an internet crime that allows for extreme penalties to be imposed in a conviction. One can pirate music by disturbing or downloading an MP3 copy of a song using a file-sharing network, transferring copyrighted music through an instant messaging service, and distributing CDs with copyrighted music that is downloaded and then burned onto the CD. If you have been charged with pirating music then you need to contact a Houston internet crime attorney today. Jim Medley, founding attorney at Jim Medley & Associates, P.C. has over 20 years of experience serving 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 3 years running. Jim is also a former criminal justice professor and holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Toxicology. The firm has the knowledge and qualifications necessary to take on your case. If you are convicted of pirating music then you can face harsh penalties ranging from $250,000 in fines, and a jail sentence of up to 5 years. Owners of the copyrighted material can also sue you for up to $150,000 for each copyrighted material that you illegally copy or distribute.


Pirating music is a copyright infringement, 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 firm will analyze the facts in your case carefully to determine if your constitutional rights were violated, or other errors that could allow for a case dismissal.Contact the firm today to discuss options.

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