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post #1 of 13 Old Apr 6th, 2008, 7:25 pm Thread Starter
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I know many of you are much more well versed in computers than I. So, my question is this, is Limewire legal ? I have an IPOD and I buy all my music through ITUNES. But what is this Limewire music sharing thing ? And if it's not legal, why wouldn't they (I have no idea who THEY are, maybe, some sort of secret computer police force) shut it down ? It seems as if I've heard of them (See above in parentheses) prosecuting individuals for illegally downloading music. So, I guess my real question is, if Limewire is illegal, why not prosecute them and leave the individual alone ?

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Limewire is NOT illegal, downloading copyrighted material is. The individual is the one making the choice to do this, Limewire is just a program that connects the individuals to do this. Limewire can also be used to to share freeware, videos and music that isn't copyright protected.
Think of it as a car that can take you to the bank and you can either make a withdrawal or rob the place, that's your choice not the people who make or sell the car.

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And besides all the legality questions: Limewire is *THE* fastest way to get infected with spamware and viruses. Nothing else is faster or better.

In EVERY office I was working so far in the last couple of years, installing Limewire on your office computer was a terminable offense. Does that tell you where it stands?
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I dont use Limewire.. all I can say is know what your downloading and from where it comes from. I use usenet groups that i pay for and have had luck....so far

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I frecuently use LimeWire.

Never had problems such as the ones Andy describes.
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I use Limewire. But I only download songs that are specifically mp3 files at 192bps (or higher) resolution. You'd obviously want to stay away from files that are misspelled, files that end with .exe, or small files. And I would stay away from video files as well. Those can have embedded spamware and/or viruses.

A not-so-savvy PC user might want to seriously consider using Limewire, IMO.
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Limewire does not have anyone that is accountable - thus idiots can bundle up bad files and what you think you are downloading is not what you are going to get. I have belonged for over 6 years - I use an old copy - does not report back, limit my time, do not share and run a MAC. No probems but its only a matter of time . . . tic toc!!

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One thing I didn't see mentioned is that Limewire, and other programs like it, are file sharing software. What happens is that when you load that software, they expect you to share your library of files with the rest of the world, meaning you could have thousands of people hitting your hard drive to get files from you. Now, supposedly, the program only allows "visitors" access into a directory you specify. Supposedly. Theorically, this program could be hacked in such a way to allow wiseguys access to your entire drive.

Seems like a few years back, the Net Nazis were going after these file sharing programs and the people that use them. I think they gave up because of the nature of the beast. When you download file, you may be getting a piece of the file from 10 different sources. That makes it a tad harder to track down the actual source.

Andy is right, especially with Windoze. This type of software really exposes you to a lot of nasty, bad things, not to mention it's borderline legality.


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you can either make a withdrawal or rob the place,
Aren't they kind of the same thing?
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And besides all the legality questions: Limewire is *THE* fastest way to get infected with spamware and viruses. Nothing else is faster or better.

In EVERY office I was working so far in the last couple of years, installing Limewire on your office computer was a terminable offense. Does that tell you where it stands?
I'll second what Andy said--my daughter downloaded it on our home computer--wasn't very long until we started have some real issues on our computer.

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you can either make a withdrawal or rob the place,
Aren't they kind of the same thing?
Not really. It's like the difference between going to the dealer to pick up your bike after service, and just taking any bike on the floor and riding it away.

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Uh no

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