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Posted: 11/24/2003 2:24:11 PM EDT
I never downloaded any music until a week ago, when I paid for a membership at http://k-litetk.com/index.asp.

After subscribing, I was able to download Kazaa and start searching and downloading music.

Today, I ripped several albums from my cd drive to mp3 files and put them in "My Shared Folder", which is part of the Kazaa program, so other members could access and download them.

So what's legal and what isn't?

I haven't followed the story of how the music industry is going after people who have downloaded music.

I just assumed since I paid for a subscription to the above service, everything was legal.

Is it?

And if it is legal, what are all these other people doing that's illegal?

And is it legal for me to take an album that I own, rip it to mp3's on my own computer, and put it in a folder that can be accessed by other paid members of the same service that I subscribe to?

Any info would be appreciated.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 2:40:51 PM EDT
I will try to sum it up, downloading is illegal, but the RIAA has been nailing the people who are uploading it, if I were you I would disable Uploads from my shared folder.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 6:40:13 PM EDT
You are going to burn in HELL! I only download French music.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 6:47:11 PM EDT
Why download music when you can download porn? NsB
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 6:58:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/24/2003 6:59:12 PM EDT by dave223]
The subscription price does not include any protection from the RIAA if they catch you. If you are going to d/l music files, keep them to yourself. Do not allow access to your shared music folder...in fact keep your files somewhere else on your hard drive. The trouble, for now, is when you let other folks take music files from your machine.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 7:00:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By deimos: Why download music when you can download porn? NsB
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well not all porn comes with that cool porno music..[:)]
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:38:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:45:01 PM EDT
first, Kazaa/Kazaa lite is free, you shouldn't have had to pay for it...... 2nd, just share smartly, don't share your whole HD or hundreds of songs, just a few (i usually keep 20-30 files shared) if everyone took the attitude of 'i'm not sharing anything' the RIAA wins by people killing P2P themselves
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:55:46 PM EDT
Thanks guys. I've stopped sharing. When I get around to it, I'll move all the music files, to a different program, outside of the Kazaa software. Then all that will be left on the "my shared folder" will be the 10 gigs of porn I've downloaded. Then I'll open up the folder again for sharing with other horn dogs.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 4:50:42 AM EDT
All you have is ten gigs of porn, whats the matter, just get on the net last week. Jeez, 10 gigs. Newbie
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 5:00:51 AM EDT
You're looking at the decline and fall of the "middle men" of the record industry. They are in a panic because they were making billions on selling a ten cent CD and the mode of distributing music has change. The suits are a joke. Sure, the media will report a few kids they drag to court but the music industry as we knew it is a dinosaur. Most of the MP3's I chase for I already own the vinyl. No way in hell am I going to blow the dust off my turntable and figure out how to record an old Pink Floyd tune with all the pops and clicks. I'm not even sure I remember how to set the tone arm...lol. I believe you're going to see two things happen. Music artists will have a direct line to their fans (you're seeing it now) and the majority of real money for artists and bands will be made at live concerts.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 5:21:30 AM EDT
You can download anything you wish, provided that you have an original factory copy of the tape/record/CD that it was burned from. You can't add anything new to your collection with it. The RIAA has gone completely, totally insane, and has been filing charges against individual users of Kazaa as determined by subpoena'ed user logs from various ISP's. But...there's only so much they can do. As this is a CIVIL matter, there won't BE any search and seizure. And, all transactions via Kazaa are ENCRYPTED, and federal law explicitly prohibits anyone from intercepting and decrypting an encrypted transaction that they are not the designated recipient of, so the RIAA would have to commit a FELONY in order to prove that YOU had downloaded something that you didn't have user's rights to. They know this...so if you're smart, and admit nothing (not even a hint!), there's not much they can actually do. But why download MP3's anyway? Almost all of them sound like utter shit. The only use I can think of for them is to decide whether or not the music might be of sufficient interest to me for me to buy the CD. I certainly don't consider most MP3's on their own to be LISTENABLE. But I'm an audiophile and my headphones cost more than most people's whole stereo, so your mileage may definitely vary. I don't recommend using Kazaa and other thiefware. It may not be possible to put you in jail for doing it, but it IS possible for you to land a big fat pain in the ass over it. CJ
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