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CivicLx
09-02-2007, 02:29 PM
I've never dl'ed music before but I'm considering getting an MP3 player and might use Limewire in the future. I've heard that it is legal and then others have said that it is illegal. all i've done so far I think is dl a song, move it to an itunes library. Is that legal? If I were to go on and transfer the songs to an ipod, would I be breaking the law. Are the feds monitoring this board as we speak:oops:

thanks

angharad
09-02-2007, 02:31 PM
From what I understand (and I could be wrong) a file-sharing program in and of itself isn't illegal. If you download copyrighted files, though, it starts to be a bit of a problem. One thing I've heard - and I'm not sure how valid it is - is that you can download copyrighted music, but only keep it on your hard drive for a certain period of time. After that, you need to delete it. I'm not quite sure how it works with copying MP3s to an MP3 player or CD, though.

nhstennis
09-02-2007, 02:33 PM
i ve been downloading songs from it for more than 2 years and i have not been in trouble for it yet.. I am very happy

but the file sharing system makes it easy to get caught...my cousin suggested u torrent and other torrent file things but they didnt work as well as limewire

Lloyd Barcenilla
09-02-2007, 02:46 PM
as angharad said,

Limewire the program itself is not illegal because you can share many files which are not protected, the illegal part is the uploading and downloading of files which have copyright and other protection like that.
I think this is correct

Lleytian3
09-02-2007, 03:12 PM
as angharad said,

Limewire the program itself is not illegal because you can share many files which are not protected, the illegal part is the uploading and downloading of files which have copyright and other protection like that.
I think this is correct

you are absoutetly correct

of course limewire itself isnt illegal at all, but when you download music and stuff then yea you are breaking the law

but many, many people use it and dont get caught. you just have to be careful on what you download and check the file to make sure it isnt corrupt, because you could get viruses that way. just dont download movies, cause most people that get caught are caught downloading movies

Lloyd Barcenilla
09-02-2007, 04:18 PM
just dont download movies, cause most people that get caught are caught downloading movies

Yeah true

I heard as well that they try to catch people who share alot of the music and videos as well just downloading them

angharad
09-02-2007, 05:01 PM
I heard as well that they try to catch people who share alot of the music and videos as well just downloading them

That's a big part of it, I think. You're not only downloading it yourself but you're also making it easier for other people to download.

Personally, even when I did download music - a few years ago now - I didn't use P2P programs. I just thought a few songs or whatever weren't worth that particular virus threat.

ayyhwang
09-02-2007, 05:13 PM
technically it is illegal but there are so many ppl using it that the gov. would just waste time trying to find people who do use it

LafayetteHitter
09-02-2007, 05:21 PM
File sharing copywrited music on a P2P network is about as legal as smoking crack in a police station browsing child porno in some peoples minds. Others consider it as something so minor that the govt could definately find someting better to do (which is what I am of the opinion). I have about 60,000 files shared on the SLSK network and have so for about 5 years and have never had a problem. Most of the file sharing problems occur with the larger label music which the RIAA has much more interest in protecting. I am mainly into trance and other forms of techno which is created by very small labels who have little legal recourse within their grasp. Most of the people that get into trouble have loads of hip-hop and mainstream rock. Unfortunately we have a division of our govt that would prefer to proecute 17 year old kids sharing Avril Lavigne rather than chase down that Mexican illegal alien with 2 kilos of coke and an Ar-15 in the back of a stolen truck.

Silent
09-02-2007, 05:24 PM
It is legal.

What you do with it is another story. You could use a bittorent client to share personal files with your friends and family, or you could use it to download movies.

Mp3s are sold on various sites for a few cents a piece. That is the legal way to download mp3s.

35ft6
09-02-2007, 05:32 PM
Yeah, what the first guy said. Think of it this way: a highway isn't illegal, but smuggling illegal stuff on those roads, very bad.

Lakoste
09-02-2007, 07:18 PM
Limewire...those were the days....:) I always found Limewire to be very slow in terms of downloading, there are a lot of better choices out there.

If you want to pirate just music, check out AlbumBase (http://www.albumbase.com/) (for entire albums, I think you need to register) and ProjectPlaylist (http://www.ProjectPlaylist.com) (individual songs).

I usually use the sites to "sample" whole songs off albums that I am considering buying. Nothing worse than driving out to buy an album and coming home to find out it blows:-|

J-man
09-02-2007, 08:07 PM
Hey thanks Lakoste for the sites. I have used Limewire in the past and I know that P2P sites are not illegal. But you can run in to trouble once you start downloading and sharing songs and files. But overall you should be fine.

Noveson
09-02-2007, 08:26 PM
Ah you guys are starting to scare me here. I use Limewire all the time, I just thought it was kind've like jaywalking, illegal, but not enforced.

AAAA
09-03-2007, 07:23 AM
Unfortunately we have a division of our govt that would prefer to proecute 17 year old kids sharing Avril Lavigne rather than chase down that Mexican illegal alien with 2 kilos of coke and an Ar-15 in the back of a stolen truck.

You know why that is don't you? Big music labels have very deep pockets, RIAA represents them and I believe is funded by them so Big music and RIAA have ways(material benefits) to persuade govt officials(congressmen,etc) to fight their corner and push through new laws and regulations.

60000 files? assuming 3MB per file I make that 180,000 MB shared, that about 180GB, right. That is a heck of an amount to share.

armand
09-03-2007, 07:51 AM
Limewire always left my computer open for nasty virus infections. I would always do a system restore each time I used it that's how bad it was(is?).

Now I use torrents and they're better in everyway: they're faster, less risky and you can download entire folders not just single files.

LafayetteHitter
09-03-2007, 08:50 AM
60000 files? assuming 3MB per file I make that 180,000 MB shared, that about 180GB, right. That is a heck of an amount to share.

It's actually 220gigs shared. I have been a music director and nightclub dj for the last 20 years so I spend lots of my time ripping music and building music libraries. I actually have right around 500 gigs of music in my entire library. For me it's all music and tennis, my two loves

300Gkid
09-03-2007, 09:20 AM
yep, i've understood it as, its not illegal to have, but illegal to use
also leaves comp open to viruses

KBalla08
09-03-2007, 09:52 AM
well ive heard that if you buy LimeWire Pro, then it is not illegal to downlaod whatever you want, because you paid for the program... I just downloaded LimeWire Pro thru the regular LimeWire tho lol. From what i have heard tho, there is a program made by the same ppl who made LimeWire, it's called FrostWire, and it's based in Europe or something, so we cant get in trouble here in the States... but w/e i have Pro lol. I may check out those sites Lakoste posted tho...

KBalla08
09-03-2007, 09:56 AM
any1 got the site for the torrent program? i might try it out

skip1969
09-03-2007, 10:01 AM
Limewire...those were the days....:)
word. man, with all the legal stuff goin' on the last few years, i didn't even think limewire was still around. my old *** goes back to kazaa, which i used to use ALL the time. then i moseyed over to bearshare for a bit. but it's been a while . . .

Bodacious DVT
09-03-2007, 10:02 AM
i think Yahoo! Music gives you unlimited downloads for $5 a month. not a bad deal. not sure if theres any hidden fees tho

ive used limewire before but im using itunes now. alot of the files on limewire were corrupted and i was sick of downloading "fake" files.

AAAA
09-03-2007, 03:04 PM
It's actually 220gigs shared. I have been a music director and nightclub dj for the last 20 years so I spend lots of my time ripping music and building music libraries. I actually have right around 500 gigs of music in my entire library. For me it's all music and tennis, my two loves

music director and nightclub dj....that explains it, my collection is under 7GB and that includes tracks I haven't may the effort to remove.

AlexP
09-03-2007, 03:54 PM
Torrents are probably the best way to go. You get full albums, and often full discogrophies - the search is quick and the transfer is easy on everybody.

Limewire is terrible - garbage for your computer. If you want something similar but a lot cleaner for your computer and more low key (if you are afraid of getting busted for downloading copyrighted material) try Soulseek.

abenguyen
09-03-2007, 04:49 PM
well I think it is legal if you pay for it. I mean you can limewire pro for $20 and I guess its legal then. but I use "uTorrent" and its pretty good

CivicLx
09-05-2007, 11:37 AM
thanks for the replies. i think i may end up going with an ipod and just use itunes since i know that's legal and it seems pretty easy to use.