Is Limewire illegal?

I want to know if limewire is illegal! So many people use it even if it is though. What happens if you have downloaded some songs?

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  • Rose D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Limewire is a service, and is not illegal. Downloading or sharing anything covered by copyright (music, software, movies etc) is illegal. It's a violation of international copyright law, punishable by fines of up to $150,000 per song/software/movie or whatever. The RIAA has been zealously prosecuting people for sharing and downloading music. So far they have filed lawsuits against almost 20,000 people and have won almost 100% of the cases. Since the average fine would be millions of dollars, most of those charged settle for a smaller amount, usually $10,000 - $20,000, although some have paid more.

    Here are some articles on the lawsuits and what's involved that might help:

    http://mp3.about.com/od/isitlegal/a/riaalawsuits.h...

    http://digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com/2006/08/07/the-...

    http://www.riaa.com/news/newsletter/012104.asp

    http://www.riaa.com/news/newsletter/022806_2.asp

    http://pcworld.about.com/news/Sep082003id112364.ht...

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1471036/20030404/...

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/internet/09/09/music....

    http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0510,mamatas,618...

  • 1 decade ago

    Limewire itself is NOT illegal. Downloading software and music without paying for it is.

  • What happens if you have downloaded some songs?

    Like any P2P service u can get viruses off of it.

    It is downloading a file from someone else's computer that could have viruses on it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it is illegal. You are taking someones hard worked for music. The police aren't going to come knocking down your door if you have downloaded a few songs. I use it rarely to download songs I don't know to see if I want to have it or not.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its a P2P service, I wouldn't call the service illegal but it is what you download, such as music that can be illegal.

  • 4 years ago

    No, yet you may do unlawful issues with it. Take your automobile, for instance. you canpersistent the automobile legally, yet you may also hit peds and flow on a rampage. similar automobile, utilized in yet in a unique way. similar for limewire.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's share ware so everyone that uses it shares their song files with the next person and so forth as long as you don't sell the music for profit!!!! thats a no- no!

  • K@T
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    NO ITS NOT, i do it all the time..why would they create it then? COLTS WON!!!!!!!!

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