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Legal Movies Download: Your Membership Downloads May be Illegal

Apr 29, 2008
Never before has entertainment been so widely available to so many people. The adoption of high speed Internet access in greater numbers of homes as well as the Internet's rapid emergence is responsible for this. With this abundance come issues that concern safety and ethics.

Safety and ethics are the primary motivations for a lot people that look for legal sources of movie downloads. However, you may be making illegal downloads of movies by accident even though your intentions might be in the right place. Therefore, you may be placing your privacy and computer at risk through exposure to spy ware and viruses that may accompany these downloads.

Your instincts to stay away from download sites that appear suspicious and amateurish are correct but they're not enough. Even using a legitimate download membership at a professionally deigned web site can result in your getting movies illegally. It doesn't matter that you've paid a fee or that the owner of the download membership has great intentions, it can still happen.

So how is this possible? If the membership site offers access to a ridiculous quantity of movies (millions) for modest a fee of about $25, then he's probably setting you up with the means for accessing and downloading movies off a peer to peer (p2p) file sharing network. He is doing nothing illegal since there are an almost infinite number of downloads on p2p and the knowledge and means to exploit p2p is certainly worth the fee.

Once you become proficient at using p2p networks, the dangers begin. A naive user of p2p is vulnerable to all of its associated dangers and may start to notice peculiar things: an odd looking bank balance due to spy ware or odd computer behavior due to a virus. You'll be happily downloading lots of movies illegally in complete ignorance because you've paid your fee to a legitimate membership.

Don't expect to get 100 percent protection from all of the viruses in p2p networks with your anti-virus program. Your computer is only protected against the specific viruses and spy ware that the anti-virus software was programmed to recognize. Your anti-virus program will not protect your computer from new, obscure, or modified viruses.

A good rule of thumb for determining if a movie is legal for download is that if it is older than 4 or 5 decades, it is probably in the public domain without a copyright. If you find a free movie on a p2p network that is a recent Hollywood blockbuster, then it is illegal to download. Locating the odd movie that is the exception to this rule will demand a lot of research on your part.

So getting safe and legal movie downloads from a p2p network is not as simple as turning on a TV set. If you're worried about threats to your computer and your personal information, then you aren't enjoying yourself. If you are researching movie copyrights, you're doing work rather than relaxing.

Finding a reputable download site that doesn't send you off to a p2p network and has it's own collection of movies that are guaranteed safe and legal may be a better idea. Any business owner that makes guarantees with respect to the peer to peer download networks is doing something that is impossible (and crazy). You are on your own if you are downloading movies from p2p file sharing networks.
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Get an inside view of two well known legal movies download sites that do not rely on p2p networks. One has a great movie selection because of it's connections with the big Hollywood heavy hitters. The other doesn't. If you are looking to download legal movies , see this review.
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