Those of you who avoid paying for movie tickets or for legitimate subscription services like Netflix and Hulu by downloading pirated movies need to watch out.  Some distributors are getting serious about piracy and not just by going after the sites hosting the pirated material.

Users of Popcorn Time , an app that’s sometimes called “Netflix for pirates” were hit wit a lawsuit over their illegal viewing of the movie “Survivor.” Sixteen subscribers who viewed the pirated movie on the app, were hit was a lawsuit for $750.

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Previous lawsuits have also been filed against illegal downloaders of the Hurt Locker. The Popcorn Time app makes stealing pretty darn easy. The app does have disclaimer that says “Downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in your country. Use at your own risk.”

But for some reason, people tend not regard stealing digital copies of music, movies and TV shows the same way they would walking into a Wal-Mart and sticking a DVD in their coat. But it’s exactly the same thing.

People worked hard making that movie and a lot of the people that work on it get paid residuals. If you don’t pay for the product, they don’t get paid. Also, services like Netflix and Hulu used their subscribers’ money to pay for that programming. If you steal the show instead of lawfully paying them, you’ve stolen from them, too.

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And also keep in mind that sites that stream illegally, often contain viruses and other malware. People that steal are not exactly a trustworthy source for material.

Also keep in mind that your ISP is watching. And if they thing you’re up to something sketchy, they’ll cooperate with authorities and you ‘ll end up paying $800 to watch a movie that you could have watched with a $12.99 Netflix subscription or for six bucks at a matinee.

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If you want to watch free movies, try getting a library app like OverDrive or Hoopla. You’ll have a huge supply of programming to choose from minus the malware and threat of prosecution.

~ Cynthia