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grstansbury July 20th, 2006 12:10 AM

help i try to download but there is a license issue???
hello I bet this is the most popular Question here but:
I am new to lime wire and when i try to download there is a box that appears which is talking about some license but should i download it?, I mean is it legal? I did some research here on the forum but I just end up even more confuse and scare:eek: :confused: . Can anyone help please. Is it ok to dowload? is it legal?thanks:)

birdy July 20th, 2006 12:34 AM


Originally Posted by grstansbury
I am new to lime wire and when i try to download there is a box that appears which is talking about some license but should i download it?

This is the NapShare forum:D
Legality depends a lot on where you're living. If downloading/sharing copyrighted material is illegal in your country then you have to choose whether or not to do it!! afaik, risk of prosecution depends also on how many files you're going to be sharing. There are hundreds of threads about this, use the search & you'll probably find a few good ones (might have to weed out a lot of ranting though!!).
LW itself is legal, lots of people use it to share their own photos, videos etc & there's a lot of creative commons stuff that's legal to share.
Maybe you need to check out your country's laws regarding file sharing:)

grstansbury July 20th, 2006 12:46 AM

I live in the united states,california and I am trying to just dowload music for fun you know to carry it on my ipod so is it ok to download?

birdy July 20th, 2006 12:55 AM

afaik, it's illegal in the USA but search the forum... it's been discussed to death & you'll find heaps of threads & opinions.

Lord of the Rings July 29th, 2006 07:37 PM

There was a local (federal) law passed recently that made iPod use "officially" legal here, birdy, but in the USA it might be different. (Sorry if my description is vague ... search & you'll find the exact regulations. As for USA I'm not sure.)

birdy July 29th, 2006 08:10 PM

As far as I can tell that applies to "legitimately purchased materials" rather that what someone might download via p2p;)

Lord of the Rings July 29th, 2006 08:38 PM

Well tell me when someone gets busted in australia for playing their unpurchased music on their iPod. As I recall it does give permission to extract your own cd's to your own iPod ...

Can't find exact details (quickly without trying) but here's some fun details (older article!!!):

birdy July 29th, 2006 09:00 PM

I wasn't saying that we shouldn't put music on our iPods, or that anyone's going to get busted for it in Oz:eek: I was just giving my perception of the article! This is the one I found

Lord of the Rings July 29th, 2006 09:10 PM

Hmm I wouldn't be so scary of anybody except customs. Their powers are very powerful! Damned Howard & his Liberal nazi salutes with bush, mpiaa & riaa.

Dreamtech August 12th, 2006 06:54 AM

hmmm the good ol' license agreements. They normally appear with a certain type of file (.wma) which is to do with Windows Media Player. I would suggest downloading .mp3 or .m4a files, with .mp3 you will need Windows Media Player 10, or downloaded codec for it if you have 9 or 10 (beta version only). Sorry but because of Microsoft's lack of intelligence, they haven't stumbled on .m4a! In my own personal opinion I wouldn't use WMP instead use a third party application called Winamp, you don't need the full version, just the free standard version will do. PS It's quite easy to use!!

And yes there are laws in place in Australia, however they are very confusing. So in my own personal words - Download & distribute until you are caught, if someone asks tell em you paid for one of those "Rip It" cards!!

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