If you think that it is fine to download movies for free because they’re accessible on the internet, you better consider looking into the damages that such a criminal act brings to the film industry. Illegal downloading of copyrighted materials is not a victimless crime; it causes serious damage especially that it affects those people who try hard to earn a living through film production.
The huge problem here is copyright theft. It is through illegal file sharing that legitimate businesses like high-street DVD retailers and film distributors earn lesser revenues. Aside from the said businesses, there are also about 150,000 people in the industry who are threatened to lose their jobs simply because the movies they produce don’t get the legitimate sales that are due them.
According to a recent research, a total of about £500 million is lost in the UK’s economy annually because of copyright theft in the country’s audio-visual industries.