posted on Sep, 23 2005 @ 07:49 AM
YES, downloading songs is illegal. And frankly, I am certain that everyone knows that it is illegal. Just because it is easy and accessable
does not, somehow, justify downloading. Accessability is a very simplistic and even childish excuse that an adolescent or youngster would use to
justify shoplifting..."but the candy was right there where I could take it!"
It's an excuse all right but that's exactly what it is...an excuse not justification.
Personally, I might not agree with the rules, the laws but they apply to you and me regardless of our "beliefs". It all has to do with copyrights
and protecting the intellectual property of others. Ironically, when you downloaded the program that you use to download music, you had to
specifically agree not to download copyrighted material. Therefore, you are culpable legally as well as morally to violating the law.
If you continue to download music anyway, I think that it important that you, at least, try to protect your privacy. If you are going to be a
criminal, you might as well try to be a good one. Try using Peer Guardian. It will slow down your downloads a bit, but it will also block
connections to agencies that would have an interest in your on-line p2p activities. Peer Guardian will also help eliminate pointless downloads of
"false files" that many recording companies are using to try to flood p2p sites.
Again, I can understand the temptations of downloading free movies, music, games and programs but the reality of the situation is clear. Downloading
copywritten material is a crime. So you should also be prepared to accept the consequences of your actions. "If you can't do the time, don't do
(p.s., I use Shareaza 2.2)