Did you know that every single day, we perform many illegal things without knowing it, you could potentially be committing a crime?
Common but illegal :
Although like many things on this list, torrenting itself isn’t illegal, most of the things torrented on the web make it that way.But it is totally illegal to download pirated products.
- Under age Facebook accounts
According to its terms and conditions you have to be at least 13 years old to register.
According to Title 18, Section 875, Subsection C of the United States Penal Code, this really is illegal. Are you an aspiring writer age 16 to 24? If so, how is your zombie story coming along? Seriously, even if you’re not really into stuff like that, there must be some piece of “dark” writing you left behind somewhere, like a blog or a LiveJournal or a Facebook posting about some weird things.
Some state laws actually make it illegal to write about things that can freak other people out.
- Accessing the deep web
It’s the criminal underbelly of the internet and just accessing the wrong site can get you in loads of trouble.
- Faking your name
Everyone uses fake names online, be it on Facebook, Xbox Live or Gustav’s Pornography Dungeon. And really, why should you give out your real identity to some random site.Maybe because using fake names on the Internet can get you arrested and charged with the federal crime of hacking?This one sounds dumb but according to the vaguely worded Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, faking your name online is a no no.
- Working remotely on a travel visa
If you work from home for a US company and all of a sudden decide to go to the UK, it may be crime to access your work email without a work visa.
- Sharing passwords
It has to do with sharing access to paid services and software. Many of the paid software provide authentication access to the users and sharing the password with someone for the services of that software is a crime.
- Registering trademarked domain names
At the very least it will probably land you in court if the company behind the trademark comes calling.
- Copying software
This one is probably more obvious than the rest but remember, it depends on the rights. Some software is allowed to be distributed.
- Uploading a video of you singing Happy Birthday
It’s copyrighted. Usually that would only affect people who are singing it while attempting to make a profit (the lady your dad hired to jump out of your birthday cake, for instance).
However, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) requested that the Girl Scouts pay royalties for “Happy Birthday to You,” and other songs they’d been singing around the campfire without a single stripper, or paying customer in attendance.