I believe that illegal downloading is not a victimless crime. This is because there are in fact victims. The victims of illegal downloading are those that own the music, movies, videos etc. that are being downloaded. The victims of illegal downloading are losing money because people are illegally downloading these products for free and not paying the owners. Record companies could also be victims of illegal downloading. This is because instead of people buying their products they are obtaining them for no cost and the record companies don’t make a profit.
Illegal downloading is not different from stealing. This is because people are obtaining these downloads with out asking the person who made the music or other products for permission. Stealing also involves taking something without permission or without paying for it. We don’t own the rights to the things we can download off of the internet. So by downloading from an online website it is theft.