It's been called a faceless, victimless crime. Illegal downloading of music, movies or other intellectual property has been on the rise for several years, a seemingly harmless infraction. But at least in New Jersey, the other shoe is dropping. The state has been experiencing an increase in commercial litigation aimed at stopping those who share and download files they haven't paid for.
Getting something for nothing seems like a great deal to cash-deprived music fans, many of whom are all too happy to click a mouse to illegally download a digital file of a recorded song. The same people, in most cases, would never dream of walking out of a music store with a shoplifted CD of recorded music in their clothes. However, in many cases, these individuals fail to recognize that illegal downloading constitutes the theft of copyrighted intellectual property just as much, even if done from the comfort of their own home.