Remember that a copyright exists in a work at the time it becomes fixed in some tangible medium of expression. That means that an image you have downloaded from the Internet, as well as a video or musical performance is almost certainly subject to copyright protection. When you download these works, transfer them to a disk or other medium, or send them to a friend, you are infringing on the rights of the copyright holder. Trafficking in such material without the permission of the copyright holder violates copyright law and is prohibited. This includes unauthorized music and video file sharing over the Internet.
According to a statement recently issued by representatives of the motion picture, recording and songwriting industries, uploading and downloading copyrighted works over the Internet is theft: \"It is no different from walking into the campus bookstore and in a clandestine manner walking out with a textbook without paying for it.\" 1e1e36bf2d