Illegal? Kids don’t care

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A poll recently conducted by the LA Times and Bloomberg found that the majority of teenagers and young adults, both male and female, up to the age of 24, believe that while copying stolen music or movies is a crime, copying purchased CDs or DVDs is not.


Youngsters know that downloading free music and movies from unauthorized sites is illegal. They even admit that buying pirated CDs and DVDs is wrong. But, according to the survey, 60% to 70% of them think it is perfectly all right to burn discs for or from friends, as long as the discs were legitimately purchased.


The South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) would not agree that copying a paid for CD or DVD for even one friend is acceptable. The US poll indicates that SAFACT will probably have a hard time convincing young consumers in South Africa that it is a crime.


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