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Old 10-21-2013, 10:24 AM
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LEGAL P2P is NOT Dangerous –ILLEGAL P2P to Bypass Paid Copyright IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS

There are many LEGAL uses of P2P, connecting computers and cell phones within your own family is very common, this is a Private/Legal use of P2P. Many businesses use Private/Legal P2P networks within the company to share company documents, reports, correspondence, and research between employees INSIDE the business. Many K/12 school systems today use Private/Legal P2P networks WITHIN the school system to share instructional materials, give tests, grade them, and record results on student records between schools and a central office. These P2P networks are Private and used only within those networks, not accessible to the general public. Many schools systems instead of issuing “paper/printed” textbooks now use their Private/Legal School P2P networks to issue their students computer notebooks/laptops all containing paid licensed electronic versions of copyrighted textbooks supplied by the authors & publishers of those textbooks the students use for the year for their school work only. The students use the school issued laptops, containing their "electronic" textbooks for their schoolwork/homework which is then uploaded to their teachers on the Private/Legal school P2P network for grading and recording in each student’s educational record. Colleges/Universities also are using Private/Legal P2P networks to provide purchased electronic licensed textbooks to their students. This is proving to be cost saving both for the students and the universities. These are all examples 100% Legal and Safe use of P2P.
However if you're sharing content that is protected by copyrights to other users for free and without the copyright owners permission to avoid payment then that is illegal and is very dangerous. That is what I am speaking about in this thread, the illegal use of P2P.

In the last several weeks here at WS I have assisted at least 3 members to rid their computers of a multitude of malware/spyware/trojans, which, in the end, were all determined to have been the result of using P2P file sharing. On each of the three threads there were literally hundreds of malware/spyware files removed, many with fingerprints leading directly back to either P2P programs or known illegal P2P web sites or both. If these files had not been removed the computers would likely have been unusable within a very short time.
So please believe me Illegal use of P2P IS Dangerous, always, not maybe, Always.
While we have continued to point out the dangers of illegal P2P use, people just do not seem to believe these warnings, choose to ignore the warnings or claim ignorance On every recent thread the person using P2P claimed not to have known that P2P sharing of copyrighted material was dangerous or illegal, even though we have said the very same here a number of times for many years and our Preliminary Cleanup Steps in the Virus and Help Forum state that fact in Red at the top.

Ignorance is not an excuse nor a legally recognized defense, do something illegal even if you didn't know it was illegal, it is still illegal.

Here are links and quotes giving information concerning the legalities, in the U.S., I cannot speak for other countries, so that hopefully nobody will be able to say "I didn't know". Read this and you WILL know. The lines in bold are my doing.

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html

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Is it legal to download works from peer-to-peer networks and if not, what is the penalty for doing so?
Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner's exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:29 AM
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LEGAL P2P is NOT Dangerous –ILLEGAL P2P to Bypass Paid Copyright...continued

The most recent thread where it was determined that P2P was the culprit involved the downloading of television programs. As noted in the quoted material above, " By purchasing works through authorized services, consumers can avoid the risks of infringement liability and can limit their exposure to other potential risks, e.g., viruses, unexpected material, or spyware"
here is a link with information concerning the downloading of movies and television programs.
http://digitsorcery.com/the-conseque...-p2p-networks/
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Eight out of ten Americans consider it stealing to walk out of a store with a DVD that they did not pay for. Only half as many people movie downloadthink downloading a movie from the Internet is a crime. The fact is that there is really no difference at all between the two; these are both serious crimes that are punishable by law....
Those who own the rights to protected material have the exclusive right to modify, duplicate or distribute their product....

Here are some pointers on how to distinguish illegal movie download sites:
1.If the website claims to have “millions of movies to download” , “80 million movies online”, “movies,Tv shows and music downloads” etc.. all for a small one time fee then you can almost be certain the website will sell you P2P software....

2.Try looking at the small print in bottom part of the website’s main page. Usually for illegal P2P movie download sites you will find some kind of warning that looks like this: (most of these sites use the very same warning); “There are currently millions of users downloading and trading files legally on file-sharing networks....

Here is another popular text you may find on these sites: “This website has no affiliation whatsoever with the owner of this software program and only provides links to freeware and/or shareware software, technical support and tutorials.“

The Serious Risks Of Sharing Movie Files
The holders of copyrights have ways of finding out which movie download files are being shared by your computer.
All they have to do is contact the authorities and send them your way because the law is in the favor of the copyright holder.

The RIAA sent letters to almost four hundred college students in 2007 related to illegal file sharing.
The students, not their schools, were each held responsible for paying the restitution required to resolve the claims against them for copyright infringement. In as little as six months, the RIAA had brought claims against more than two thousand college students.
These students were required to pay an average of $3000 each, not including court costs and attorney fees.

The RIAA is not only targeting college students, this is just one example. It does not matter who you are, how old you are or where you live, if you download or share file on the Internet illegally you will be held accountable.
Even if you are a minor, do not think you can get away with it; they will come after your parents if they cannot get to you.

• A number of television networks offer full episodes their shows with commercial interruption from their official site. Networks such as NBC, ABC and CBS typically offer new episodes of their shows the following morning after they are broadcast on air in their regular time slot (most of the time these are geo limited to the united states only).
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