What is LimeWire and is it legal to use?

cybergeezer April 28, 2010

I see that some answers for seeing free movies suggest using LimeWire.
Wouldn’t I be put in legal jeopardy if I download a movie I haven’t paid for?

  1. arrchier bay
    October 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    >> Wouldn’t I be put in legal jeopardy if I download a movie I haven’t paid for?

    you mean, if you steal a movie, is there a rist you might be "responsible" for it?

    do i really need to answer that? lol

    limewire is a P2P client, built to share data - P2P is very efficient and clever way to distribute large files among many users, brilliant for photos, audio/video, updates etc... As you download you're sharing too.

    if you share something that's not yours or your're not alloweed to, you've got a potential problem, right?

    afaik limewire has been shut down by now and had to pay large sum for allowing copyright infringement (google the details please)

    so, what's the question again?

  2. mike
    May 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I use it and have had no difficulties. I only download music and I don't do anything that I don't "know" about--just to be safe. I don't allow access to my machine however.

  3. vdchile
    May 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    One of my techie friends told me to avoid LimeWire unless you want to infect your machine.

    • Aibek
      May 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

      Just like any other P2P software, Limewire is safe as long as you know
      exactly what you're doing and familiar with general security aspects.


  4. Taty
    May 1, 2010 at 3:45 am

    And if you absolutely must use it, at least encrypt the folder where you are saving the files.

    • Jack Cola
      May 1, 2010 at 3:52 am

      Make sure you read the setup settings carefully so you don't share everything on your computer by mistake.

  5. Binoy xavier
    April 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Agree with @Aibek.Instead of Torrenting and using P2P softwares you cab rely on free legal websites.But new content wont be available most of the times :)

  6. Aibek
    April 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

    While downloading the copyrighted content considered illegal you're unlikely to get into trouble with your ISP or authorities unless you're distributing this content (i.e. using torrents). That being said if you're in US or UK I would suggest not to download illegal content at all unless you "know exactly what you're doing". Streaming movies online on site like Hulu is far safer alternative.

  7. Saikat Basu
    April 29, 2010 at 5:49 am

    In absolute black and white terms, it is illegal. But the other truth is that it goes on, otherwise it wouldn't have been so rampant. Every country has different laws regarding that...some countries are very strict on it.

    The good aspect of all this is that there are lots of legal downloads too.

  8. Jack Cola
    April 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    antonio_rm is correct.

    Basically, it a program that people use to download movies, music, software, video, audio and all other kind of things. However, most of these things are illegal.

  9. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Limewire is a free p2p (peer-to-peer) software client, used to share any kind of file through the web. And yes, with any kind I'm referring to both legal and illegal files.

    You'd probably be in legal jeopardy when downloading copyrighted material (software, music or audiovisual content), so it's a good idea to check your country's legislation about it when in doubt.


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