Alexa asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 1 decade ago

what's with Limewire?

almost all of my friends use Limewire but i was always scared that i would get caught so i didnt download it. No one ever seems to be caught using Limewire... Is it illegal? Should i download it?

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  • Rose D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Limewire itself is legal. Using it to download copyrighted materials without permission and without paying for them is illegal. Yes, people do get caught - to date, the RIAA has filed nearly 20,000 lawsuits against people who share and/or download music illegally. According to the law, the fine is anywher from $750 - $150,000 per song/video/stolen material, so Melissa would be looking at a fine of $75,000 - $1.5 million. Since most people don't have that kind of money, the RIAA generally settles the case for around $10,000, although some have paid more or less than that. And Limewire itself is being sued by the RIAA for allowing its users to commit criminal acts. This isn't the first case like this, and in the last one the RIAA won $115,000,000.00.

    Here are some articles on the issue so that you can educate yourself and make an educated decision about the profit and risk of breaking the law:

    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://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/7152.cfm

    http://www.slyck.com/story1258.html

    Another problem with Limewire and other P2P apps is that the files are often infected with viruses, trojans, worms and other malware. They make a great playground for hackers, because they know they won't get reported. After all, you thought you were stealing a movie or music and it turns out you downloaded a virus instead - you can't turn to the police because you'd have to confess that you were infected because you committed a crime. It's like a pickpocket being robbed of his stolen money and credit cards.

    Some articles on viruses etc in P2P networks:

    http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/160500554

    http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=4635

    http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1177124&dl=A...

    http://web.mit.edu/ist/topics/security/malware.htm...

    When people ask me if they should install Limewire or other P2P apps, I ask them the following:

    Do you have $10,000 - $20,000 in the bank to cover potential fines and legal costs?

    Are you the owner and sole user of the computer? If not, do you have a problem with making your parents/siblings/spouse the potential target of a lawsuit that will destroy their creit rating and take their life savings?

    In case of malware, are you able to completly wipe and rebuild your computer?

    If a hacker uses something you illegally downloaded to infect your computer and use it as a server for illegal material, which could be anything from warez to child porn, are you able to deal with being arrested and charged as a criminal, and do you know a good criminal lawyer?

    The odds of this happening are slim, but somebody has to be the loser and it might be you. If you're not prepared to face the potential consequences of your actions, don't do it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Using Limewire is not illegal per se. It is illegal to download copyrighted material without payment which is what Limewire allows you to do.

    Having said that, it is very unlikely that you will get caught. So from a legal and moral perspective you shouldn't do it but in practical terms you will probably not get caught.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Owning a copy of Limewire is perfectly legal. However, using it to download copyrighted materials is not. I wouldn't worry about it, though, the chances of anyone actually bringing legal action against you for doing it are very low.

  • 1 decade ago

    i think you should download it cause it is the best program ever

    i got there about 100 movies and lotsssss of musica and video clips, other programs and otherstuff. it is really good program and they are no viruses !!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    download this program and download free files

    Source(s): myself
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