Originally Posted by HarryT
You can't make a blanket statement to that effect - it depends on "intent". If you download for the purpose of commercial resale, that it then criminal copyright violation and you can go to jail for it.
Downloading for personal use only, however, is a civil offence, and "merely" carries a fine.
Well yeah, thats the obvious exception, but I honestly doubt kids will download these textbooks and then try to sell them to other people.
Kind of defeats the purpose