In the latest example of how seriously the federal government is taking the issue of online piracy, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales made it clear to a group of high school students on April 28 that they would be prosecuted if caught downloading illegal copies of music, movies, software, or other copyright-protected digital files.

"There really are consequences for your actions, even at this young age, that may follow you for the rest of your life," Gonzales said during a forum at the University of California, Los Angeles. "I know you want to do the...

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