Think Twice: Teen Fined $2900 for Illegally Downloading a Movie

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This will make you think twice before you hit those BitTorrent sites. A 17-year-old in Albuquerque, N.M. has been fined $2900 for illegally downloading the movie 'Hurt Locker.'

In an interview with, Skyler Atterbom says that all his friends illegally download content, so he didn't think it was a big deal. "I would say at least 95 percent of the teenagers I know at my school, my friends, do this daily," Skyler says.
But while 'Hurt Locker' was a hit among movie industry types, it didn't do well at the box office, which is why lawyers decided to go after the people who "stole" it. Authorities traced the IP address of the download back to Skyler's father, and offered him until March 11 to agree to a $2900 settlement.

At first, Skyler denied downloading the movie, but later confessed. His dad is making him pay back all of the money, and as part of his punishment, he has to spread the word about the consquences of illegal downloading.

Skyler added, "Ever since this came about, I keep thinking to myself, 'Why didn't I just go to a Redbox and rent the movie, legally, for, you know, a dollar?'"

Lesson learned. Have you ever downloaded a movie illegally? Did you know that you could get into serious trouble for doing it? Let us know in the comments.



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