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Here I’ll try to answer any questions you guys send me. Please take the time to email me if you have a topic that you would like to be covered. Please keep in mind that I do not offer legal advice and it is up to you as a reader to form your own opinions.

 

Q: What is Illegal Downloading?
A: Commonly referred to as pirating this is the act of illegally downloading songs, movies, software, or other items that you have not legally obtained an license to use.

Q: What is Pirating?0
A: Also known as Illegal Downloading, see the answer above.

Q: What is Copyright Infringement?
A:  Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder’s “exclusive rights”, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, spread the information contained within copyrighted works, or to make derivative works. It often refers to copying “intellectual property” without written permission from the copyright holder, which is typically a publisher or other business representing or assigned by the work’s creator. Source 

Q: Is is illegal to download music, movies, games, or software?
A: Most of the time the answer to this question is yes. If you have to ask this question then the answer is yes. This is determined on a case-by-case basis and sometime if the publisher has agreed then it can be legal. Anything released under a public license or that is considered OpenSource is legal. However, this is rarely the case.

Q: How do you get caught pirating or “Illegally Downloading”?
A: There are several ways. The most common is by not protecting yourself and allowing your public ip address to be seen while in the process of downloading.

Q: What happens if I get caught pirating?
A: This depends on many factors, in most cases nothing will happen. However, things such as fines or jail-time are not unheard of.

Q: I got a letter from my ISP what do I do?
A: In most cases nothing, it’s just a letter telling you that your ISP is aware of your activities. Simply delete the content in question and move on. The letter is just a warning that if the company decides to pursue legal action that you are now liable for damages. In any case you need to rethink your online activities.

Q: How can I not get caught pirating?
A: I suggest you start at our main page and read EVERYTHING.

Q: Can my internet service provider see what I’m downloading?
A: Yes, unless your using a VPN or otherwise encrypting your interest connection.

Q: Is limewire illegal?
A: No limewire is not illegal, it’s the act of downloading copyrighted content that is illegal.

Q: Is the anonymous download on pirate bay a free VPN?
A: No you need a real VPN, read my Proxies and VPNs page for more info.

Q: How do you get caught torrenting?
A: As I’ve said before torrenting itself is not illegal, it’s the act of downloading copyrighted content that is.

Q: How come some people download and don’t get caught?
A: Some people go to very complex precautions in order not to get caught, some people just get really bad luck. Better to be safe then sorry.

Q: Can I get caught using a proxy ip?
A: Yes, however the effort required to track you down will make the effort a moot point. I would still suggest using a VPN.

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