This is going to be a big rant and it might upset a few people - friends included. But, I have to get it off my chest.
Let's give an example first (may not be the best example but I think it will make my point across).
Say, you've just worked a ten hour day. You busted your ass and worked very hard as a cocktail waitress (or whatever you do) these past few weeks- your tired and want to go home. But first you have to pick up your pay check. You open it and notice you didn't get 40 hours like you were promised. You worked 40 hours - but your pay check doesn't reflect it. You talk to your boss. He said, someone stole it and they are still in the process of figuring out where it went. Your understandability angry and upset. You busted your ass and for what? Just to get ripped off? What gives?
Now, say your a writer and spent a year or more (sometimes 10 years *cough* George R.R. Martin) and you put your blood, sweat and tears into your work and it finally gets published (YIPPY!). You're excited, because you can pay your bills now, and fill your empty fridge and catch up on reading and get back to socializing and instead of being locked away in your office slaving over a manuscript. But instead of making a few hundred dollars during the first week the book is released, it's way less then that because half the people are illegally downloading your book for free thanks to someone who decided to he wanted to share it with other people.
The Writer and The Cocktail waitress have one thing in common - they both got ripped off - didn't they? One from some guy who stole her money and another from some pirating jerk on the internet. It isn't fair and it isn't right.
My point is, if you are downloading books illegally - you are doing the same thing... your stealing money from a writer who worked hard for maybe years to earn his pay checks from publishers and book stores. And According to the Center For Copyright - they are working on a way to stop that.
I for one buy all my books - because if I LOVE the author enough - I want to support them. The only way I know how to do that is buy their book, read it and fan girl all about it here on my blog. If you want to promote your favorite author, or director or anyone - don't illegally download something. Buy it and help support them.
I understand if you can't afford to buy books - there are alternatives - public libraries. Go USE them. They need your help in supporting them also! I've been put on a book buying ban by my future husband and I'm totally supporting his ban and it's going to help me read books I've bought and paid for and use my library to get books I want to read and save me money for my wedding. So please don't illegally download books or movies or music. If you get caught it could mean jail time or something worse.