I just want to clear up some confusion I see here on the boards about the legality of free download sites. Sites such as Limewire, Morpheus and Bearshare to name a few offer true p2p services, Peer to Peer service, file sharing, for the uninitiated. With one of these, if I have a file on my computer and you want it, it is sent to you, and if I want one from you I can have it sent to me. Simple, right? Well, there is no law being broke in that transaction. We are simply sharing.
Where did I get my file though?
If I got my file from another person online and sent it to you, no problem. If I, on the other hand, created that file, by say ripping a cd to my computer then we have a problem. No not we, if you downloaded it from me, you did nothing wrong anymore than before but I have broken copyright law, so they say.
The RIAA, the recording companys law group, assumes thats how files get online and have been chasing people down and suing them for damages and making a huge stink about it. But did you know that the RIAA has never once won a case, not once. They can not prove wrong doing.
In addition, they are wrong. The rippers are very few and far between. Most who rip are doing for their own use as the boards statements support.
Most people have a centralized file on their computers where they put all downloads and rips, for ease of finding later the needed files. When every they install new software, they modify it to use that file as the default for all activity. Limewire and Itunes and Rhapsody and god knows how many others thus share one central location for simplicity. Thats just common practice.
But new artist X is a breakout on Itunes and is selling tracks like crazy, yay. The studio then notices artist X showing up all over the filesharing systems, and yes people, they use them too, but they see this and freak. But you see what is happening, right? Itune users will buy tracks and put them on limewire, not even thinking it wrong doing. And they are not ripping anything. So please peeps, don’t talk about downloading in hushed whispers back behind the barn with winks and nods, its very very out in the open and a normal course of events. This just a basic thought from an admitted downloader.